New Woodend Station waiting room

A new waiting room was built at Woodend Railway Station (Unsplash).

A new waiting room was built at Woodend Railway Station, equipped with modern features and taking architectural inspiration from the station’s heritage-listed building on platform one.

A $1.3 million state government-funded project, the new room includes reverse-cycle heating and air conditioning, mobility aid spaces, automatic sliding doors, announcement speakers, and CCTV cameras.

Curved steel verandah columns and a corrugated roof were installed to keep in line with the architectural style of the station’s heritage-listed building.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said that the upgrades will improve the historic station.

“The Woodend Station has been an integral part of the community for more than 160 years and these vital upgrades will ensure passengers can continue to use the station in comfort and style well into the future,” Ms Thomas said.

The project was part of a larger government package towards upgraded facilities at four stations on the Bendigo line.

Other projects in this package include replaced awnings and general repairs at the Riddells Creek Station, repairs to a shelter and toilets at Clarkefield Station, and roof repairs at Bendigo Station.

Woodend is a critical station on the Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill train lines, with an average of about 2500 trains passing through the station each week.

Oscar Parry