Milestone for Westall Rail Upgrade Project

Milestone for Westall Rail Upgrade Project

Posted on 12. Jul, 2010 in Clayton Update

Rail commuters can now see the new Westall Station take shape as the $153 Westall Rail Upgrade Project progresses.

The project achieved a significant milestone over the weekend with the successful lifting in to place of the pedestrian overpass at Westall Station, as well as the installation of a high speed crossover on the tracks. 

Member for Clayton Hong Lim visited Westall Station to inspect project works and mark this important milestone. 

“The Westall Rail Upgrade Project is moving ahead to deliver improvements to commuters using Westall Station,” said Mr Lim.

“The pedestrian overpass has now been lifted into place and construction on the station continues.

“The new station will provide passengers with improved safety, amenity and accessibility. 

“After the successful completion of this weekend’s works, commuters can really see their new station take shape and are eagerly awaiting its completion later this year. 

“This is another example of the State Government taking action to deliver improvements to Melbourne’s public transport network.”

Work continues on the new station which will operate as a Premium staffed station, greatly improved access, climate-controlled waiting rooms, more passenger seating and shelter and digital CCTV.  Over 80 extra car parks are also included in works. 

Construction on the expansion of the stabling yard has commenced, with works on the third track to start later this year, paving the way for more rail services. 

Mr Lim said that the project will provide journey improvements to all passengers travelling along the busy Dandenong rail corridor. 

“The project is increasing capacity for trains to start their journey at Westall Station, reducing crowding on trains in the Dandenong Corridor,” said Mr Lim.

“Passengers will be spread across rail services coming from Pakenham, Cranbourne, Dandenong and then Westall.

“The State Government is making significant investments in infrastructure projects, like the Westall Rail Upgrade Project, to provide the capacity needed to meet growing demand for public transport.”

Works on the Westall Rail Upgrade Project are expected to be complete in 2011.

For more information on the project, visit www.transport.vic.gov.au.

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