Jacinta Allan and Margaret O’Rourke officiate at the grand opening. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

The new pedestrian footbridge at Bendigo Station was officially opened last Friday by Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan and City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Margaret O’Rourke.

The new bridge features air-conditioned lifts, stairs, ramps and handrails, along with improvements to CCTV and lighting.

“This is a beautiful, historic station that has not had the accessibility for people to able to get in and out of the station easily,” Ms Allan said.

“In the past five years there has been a 21 per cent increase in the number of passengers catching the train along the Bendigo line,” she said.

The pedestrian overpass was originally installed last year, with bridge ramps opened soon after.

People with mobility aids, passengers with luggage and families with prams are now able to easily transfer between platforms. Prior to the installment of the overpass, passengers who required assistance needed to be escorted by V/Line staff between platforms.

Ms Allan remarked that works are not yet finished for Bendigo Station, with nearby Eaglehawk Station works also under way.

Further planned Bendigo Station upgrades will see improvements to the station building, including waiting area, toilets and customer service.

Upgrades at Eaglehawk Station will be completed in the second half of this year and include an extended platform for longer trains, new landscaping, footpaths and a 60-space car park.