Downer Group has secured a contract to lead the design and construction work for upgrading the Bendigo and Eaglehawk Stations in the Australian province of Victoria.

The contract is part of the A$15.8m ($12.27m) investment by the government to develop the two stations.

The group is responsible for the delivery of a new pedestrian bridge with lifts, ramps and stairs to make the stations easily accessible for all passengers.

“These upgrades will make it easier for locals to get where they need to go and help grow Bendigo’s economy even further.”

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said: “We’re getting on with improving access and making it easier for passengers at Bendigo and Eaglehawk stations.

“These upgrades will make it easier for locals to get where they need to go and help grow Bendigo’s economy even further.”

The detailed design of the new bridge will be developed in consultation with the City of Greater Bendigo. The construction works are expected to begin in the middle of this year.

At the Eaglehawk Station, the platform will also be extended to accommodate longer trains, and a new 60-space car park will be built to meet the requirements of the region.

Additional upgrades at Bendigo Station, such as refurbishing the station building and improving the waiting area, toilets and customer service areas, will also be carried out this year.

These improvement works are expected to improve commuter comfort, access and amenity.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said: “We have been working closely with the local community as we deliver these upgrades, which will improve safety and access for residents and visitors to our city.”

The upgrade works are expected to be completed in the next year.