After delay due to design changes and weather, work on the upgrade of commuter car park at Castlemaine Railway Station is now on track for completion before Christmas.
VicTrack spokeswoman Jo Mayall said the project, aimed at providing 150 new commuter parking spaces, had been delayed due, in part, to design changes responding to stakeholder feedback.
The project has drawn some criticism from some local residents whose concerns have included those relating to tree removal and loss of amenity for residents along Castlemaine's Kennedy Street.
Ms Mayall told the Midland Express that "a small amount" of non-native vegetation had been removed from the car park site.
"Existing significant vegetation along Kennedy Street has been largely preserved and landscaping is occurring to finish the project," she said.
"The project is on budget and will be completed before Christmas.
"It is being delivered by ACE Infrastructure who engaged central Victorian contractors to deliver the works."
Contractors involved in the project include Maryborough-based Doran Earthmoving and Bendigo-based Rainbow Concrete Solutions whose workers have been busy in recent days completing concreting work in the new car park now taking shape at the northern end of the station.
Working on the car park to the southern end of the station, Dorans employee Rob Tatchell was busy completing work to fit a Gatic cover over station infrastructure.
The $20 million project also includes new lighting, footpaths and security cameras.
"There will be full CCTV coverage in the new area of the car park," Ms Mayall said.
"New CCTV will enhance security, and the use of LED lights will reduce the impact on nearby residential areas.
"A new footpath on the station side of Kennedy Street is being created to link the new car park to the station.
"The 150 extra parking spaces at Castlemaine Station will benefit local residents and traders, who point out that commuter parking regularly overflows onto nearby streets," Ms Mayall said.
The project, being delivered by VicTrack, is part of the state government's $20 million commitment to fund more parking spaces at 16 stations on railway lines experiencing high growth in passenger numbers.