Apart from removing 110 dangerous and congested level crossings across Victoria, the Level Crossing Removal Project also brings new and upgraded train stations to the general public and opens up large tracts of useable public space for communities all over the state to enjoy.
One such project is the delivery of the new Mentone Station, an extensive program of works which involved removal of the busy level crossing at Balcombe Road and the delivery of 540m2 of new community open space via the Mentone Station Heritage Deck and Gardens. Managed by the Southern Program Alliance, the new station was designed with the intention of preserving Mentone’s rich rail history, while ensuring the upgraded station precinct was safer and more accessible.
Five heritage-listed trees were protected and retained within the new landscape design, and existing plants salvaged for re-planting within the expanded Station Gardens. The Heritage Deck, a spacious paved pedestrian thoroughfare, offers plentiful outdoor tables and seating for locals to enjoy treats from the nearby eateries on Como Parade. It marks the starting point for the Mentone Historical Walking Trail.
Walking along the Heritage Deck, what is soon evident are the distinct colour variations throughout the paved expanse. Bands of cream, burgundy and charcoal concrete paving (custom-made by Anston) extend from one long side, joining up to meet perpendicular bluestone pavers and vibrant red brick pavers that lead towards the new station.