Major works have started on this project with the first sod turned by Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula. The project includes a major upgrade of Westall station and extra tracks to pave the way for more peak hour services. Minister Pakula also unveiled the new designs for the Westall Station upgrade.
The Westall Rail Upgrade Project involves works within the Dandenong rail corridor to improve service reliability and reduce crowding on this busy line.
Specifically the project involves:
- construction of a third track between Centre Road and Springvale Road
- a significant upgrade to Westall Station including a third platform, 80 extra car spaces and improvements to passenger facilities, safety and accessibility
- pedestrian crossing upgrades between Centre Road and Springvale Road
- additional overnight storage space for five trains at the Westall stabling depot.
- The Westall Rail Upgrade will ensure more trains can start from Westall Station. By commencing trains empty at this location, passengers who travel from Westall station and stations towards the city will benefit from less crowded trains and therefore a more reliable service.
- Passengers who travel from outer suburban stations on the Dandenong line will also benefit from reduced crowding and improved service reliability as passengers will be more evenly spread across trains commencing from Pakenham, Cranbourne and Dandenong.
- Commuters will benefit from a significant upgrade to Westall Station including improvements to passenger safety, amenity and accessibility.