Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

Clayton families will benefit from a future Brumby Labor Government investment to improve Victoria’s public transport system.

Member for Clayton, Hong Lim, said Labor would invest $8.8 million to construct a new bus interchange at Huntingdale Station and introduce a new 3-4 minute frequency shuttle bus service linking Huntingdale Station direct to Monash University Clayton.

“The Brumby Labor Government is delivering crucial transport upgrades to keep Melbourne communities connected and keeping the economy moving, giving families more time to do what they enjoy,’’ Mr Lim said.

“The new bus interchange at Huntingdale Station will unify all the bus stops in the vicinity for improved commuter access and transfer.

“Students, employees and those using surrounding activity centres around Monash University at Clayton will benefit greatly from a new 3-4 minute frequency shuttle bus service linking Huntingdale Station to the university campus.

“Pressure on local services, including the popular SmartBus Route 900, would also be relieved following the introduction of this great new Monash University shuttle service.”

Mr Lim said Labor would also deliver improvements to parking at Huntingdale Station and seal 150 car spaces with asphalt to improve the amenity of the station particularly during winter.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula said the new shuttle service would operate like the popular Route 401 express bus service between North Melbourne station and the Parkville university and medical precinct.

“Route 401 has been a runaway success, carrying more than 20,000 people every week and I am sure that the new Monash University shuttle will prove to be just as popular,” Mr Pakula said.

“We recognise that bus services between Huntingdale station and the university needed to be upgraded to keep with demand.

“It is two years since we released the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan and already there are more than $10 billion worth of projects under construction or being rolled out.

“Fourteen of our 38 new X’Trapolis trains are now in service providing capacity for another 20,000 passengers in the morning and evening peaks.

“We have placed an order for 50 new trams and are delivering 270 low floor buses, in addition to providing hundreds of extra weekly train services to help people get to where they need to be.”

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