Posted on 31. May, 2012 in Speeches
Mr LIM (Clayton) — I raise a matter for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that he provide additional train services for passengers on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, commencing and terminating at Westall station during the morning and afternoon peak periods.
In January 2010 I had the honour of turning the first sod with the former Minister for Public Transport to commence the total rebuilding of Westall railway station at a cost of $153 million. This project included works for an additional track between Centre and Springvale roads, an expansion of the stabling yard for extra trains to park overnight, an expanded maintenance depot and new signalling. The project also included extra car parking, closed‑circuit television throughout the station and upgrading to premium station status, meaning it would be manned from first to last train. The end purpose of this project was twofold: to provide additional services by allowing trains to commence their journey into the city at Westall station during the morning peak to alleviate overcrowding further up the line and, similarly, to assist in the afternoon peak period.
Morning peak commuters commencing at Westall, Clayton and Huntingdale stations continue to comment on the numbers of passengers already packed in by the time the morning trains, originating from Pakenham and Cranbourne, reach their stations. The station upgrade project was completed in October 2011, but currently only two trains commence their journey at Westall during the morning peak period — the 6.42 and the 8.44 services. Five train services that originate from the city terminate at Westall station in the afternoon; however, only two depart Flinders Street station during the busiest afternoon peak period — the 6.01 and the 6.20.
It is important that we get more peak‑hour services originating and terminating at Westall to offer more commuters the option to travel by public transport instead of by motor vehicle. I ask the minister to review the current timetables with the department and provide these much‑needed additional services as soon as possible.