Booming Box Hill in desperate need of new railway and bus station: council
January 11, 2016 - 10:04AM Clay Lucas
Whitehorse Council's Jeff Green says Box Hill station works as a shopping centre, but fails as a transport hub. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer
Once it was paddocks for grazing cows, and orchards dotted the area's rolling hills.
Today, it is Melbourne's fastest growing activity centre outside the CBD, with thousands of new apartments under construction and population growth of 26 per cent.
But Box Hill has a big problem, the local Whitehorse Council says: its dysfunctional and jam-packed railway station, and the clapped-out bus interchange above it.
Box Hill was the key place outside the city centre where growth and government investment would be concentrated, the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works decided in 1954.
If only board members could see it now: a frenzied pile-on by developers begun in recent years near the suburb's railway station has meant apartment towers proposed at previously unheard of heights – the latest is for 34 storeys.
And the council estimates at least $1.1 billion worth of construction money will pour into the area over the next four years.