I haven’t seen the detailed station plans for Ormond/Mckinnon/Bentleigh (aka the North-Mckinnon-Centre grade separations) online anywhere, but they are on display at the semi-regular public sessions.
Here’s how they look, with some notes from me.
Any misinterpretations of the plans are my mistake. In all three diagrams, north (to the city) is to the left. Click on any of the diagrams to view them larger.
- This station is a Host (staffed in the AM peak) station, and is designed for future upgrade to Premium status.
- Entrances on both sides of North Road, accommodated on the southern side by making the Cadby Avenue intersection one way (exit only).
- Lifts and stairs, but no ramps. With two lifts to each platform, this is probably considered enough to ensure a DDA-accessible entrance/exit is always available, even if one lift is out of service.
- Hopefully the layout of the main stairs doesn’t encourage people who don’t need it to use the lift.
- I can’t actually see stairs on the southern side of platform 3, but platform 3 is barely used under normal circumstances anyway.
- Eastbound bus stops move to right outside the station. Westbound stops stay in the current location.
- Taxi spots on both sides of the road. Kiss And Ride spots (eg for dropping off/picking up people by car) on the southern side.
- Pedestrian crossing is slightly east of the station entrance, aligned to the Shared User Path (SUP, aka bike and pedestrian path).
- Bike cage on the eastern side.
- Looks like three public toilets, plus a staff toilet.
- Note the rooms marked “PSO” (Protective Services Officer) and “HOLD” (presumably the holding cell for PSOs to use). All three stations have these, though they are not explicitly marked on the other diagrams.
- Lifts, stairs and ramps — which are nice and long due to DDA-compliance, which limits the maximum gradients, and requires level rest areas, but a failsafe against lift failure, which has been a problem at other stations such as Laverton and Epping.
- Retail space included in the building. Wouldn’t surprise me if this is designed so that if necessary it can be converted into future additional station office space.
- Bike cage on eastern side.
- Pedestrian crossing outside the station entrance.
- Not in view here, but the bus stops are in the same place as at present, just east of the station.
- This is the only Premium station of the three.
- Lifts, stairs and ramps. The lifts are tucked slightly out of the way so hopefully only those who need them will use them.
- Myki gate line, and it looks like they’ve gone for the sensible design of making the bypass gate right next to the ticket office, so it can be worked from inside, so the gates can be kept closed without the extra cost of dedicated gate staff. This is used at the northern end of Parliament station at present, and is common on some overseas systems.
- Looks like there are two individual public toilets.
- Not specifically marked in, but the station building includes PSO facilities, of course.
- Bike cage in the old location, accessed via Nicholson Street.
- Both bus stops (for route 703) are just east of the station. The eastbound stop is pretty much in the same location as at present, but I suspect the westbound stop with amalgamate the two existing stops — one just west of the station (converted to Kiss And Ride), and another about 200 metres further east. Both are problematic at present due to the lack of a pedestrian crossing.
- Apparently at Bentleigh and Mckinnon, the new platforms will be below the water table, so the whole structure will be in a concrete trench, and the platforms will also be solid concrete to keep the whole structure weighed down, so it doesn’t float up!
For Bentleigh station users, note that from today, access to platform 1 (Citybound) is via Nicholson Street. The station itself closes at the end of next week to be demolished, but the rail line will be open for another three weeks after that before closing on 24th June for the major works period of 37 days.
Mckinnon, the least complex of the three stations, will re-open first (though not in a completed state) on 1st August when the line re-opens. Bentleigh and Ormond will re-open at the end of August. The third track will re-open in September.