Local councillor calls for Caulfield station to be rebuilt

October 8, 2018 by  

A Councillor for the City of Glen Eira has called on the Victorian Government to undertake a bold reconstruction of Caulfield Railway Station and surrounding roads.

Councillor Joel Silver told the Herald Sun the station needs to be elevated and nearby tram routes reworked in order to help revive a local shopping strip.

Cr. Silver said many people avoid the shops on Derby Road due to the ‘Berlin Wall’-like barrier caused by the station, which is located between Monash University and Caulfield Racecourse. He said,

“It’s an area we need to unlock and make it appealing not just for residents but students. The station is full of life and traders are working damn hard, but people are just going home because we’re not giving them what they want.”

Under the proposal, the station would be rebuilt as a sky rail platform and trams would be rerouted with the aim of creating a precinct similar to that of Lygon Street in Carlton, which receives a large amount of patronage from Melbourne University students. Extra demand at restaurants and stores in Caulfield may mean more customers for local banner printing services.

Local MP David Southwick agreed the area needs an integrated plan due to its growing population but did not commit to any specific funding. Caulfield Station sees about 13,000 commuters each day, a number expected to rise when Melbourne Metro Tunnel is completed in 2025.