$153 Million Westall Rail Upgrade

$153 Million Westall Rail Upgrade

Posted on 27. Jan, 2010 in Clayton Update

Major works have commenced on the $153 million Westall Rail Upgrade. Hong Lim, State Member for Clayton joined new Transport Minister Martin Pakula who turned the first sod of the project that includes a major upgrade of Westall station and extra tracks to pave the way for more peak hour services.

Mr Lim stated that the project, which includes improvements to passenger amenities, an additional 83 car parks and the replacement of three pedestrian level crossings between Springvale and Centre roads will be of assistance to local residents.“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to create the best transport network in Australia so Victorians can spend less time commuting and more time with their families,” Mr Lim said.

“The start of works at Westall Station is the first step in delivering this important project that will deliver significant benefits to the commuters residing and using Westall, Clayton and Huntingdale stations as the new services will commence their journey with a new service into the city.

“The Westall station will incorporate a lift in the overhead pedestrian crossing to ensure access for persons with a disability,a total rebuild of the station buildings with more seating and improved lighting.

“We also know security is a concern for some train users and that is why the station will have full digital CCTV that can be accessed in real time by Victoria Police.”

Mr Lim said the Dandenong line corridor carried more than 50,000 commutes every weekday. This project will cater for that with the construction of five new stabling yards which when complete and combined with the 38 new trains on order will allow for more peak services from Westall station.

“Stations right along the line will benefit from increases in frequencies and better reliability,” Mr Lim said.

“Passengers will be spread across rail services coming from Pakenham, Cranbourne, Dandenong and of course at Westall, Clayton and Huntingale stations.

“I know these changes will be embraced by the local community and provide more choice for people of when they travel.

“Works on the Westall Rail Upgrade are expected to be completed in 2011,” Mr Lim concluded.

To view the Victorian Government Transport Plan, go to:- http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/web23/home.nsf

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