Rail: Westall station

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 in Speeches

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to congratulate the government and the new Minister for Public Transport, Martin Pakula, on the recent commencement of the upgrade and redevelopment of the Westall railway station in my electorate of Clayton.

On 27 January I joined the new minister in turning the first sod of the project, which includes a major upgrade of Westall station and extra tracks to pave the way for more peak hour services. This project, costing $153 million, includes improvements to passenger amenities, an additional 83 car parking spaces and the replacement of the pedestrian level crossing with a pedestrian overpass, with lifts and disability compliance access. It will be of great assistance to local residents.

The Dandenong line corridor carries more than 50 000 commuters every weekday. This project will cater for that with the construction of five new stabling yards which will be able to accommodate up to 38 new trains when completed. A third platform will be constructed to improve passenger facilities, safety and accessibility.

One of the major benefits of this project is that passengers who travel from outer suburban stations on the Dandenong line will now be able to take advantage of a less crowded environment, and stations on the line will benefit from the increased frequency and improved reliability of services. Commuters are jubilant because they will now be able to use the Westall line, also Clayton and Huntingdale stations — —

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