Posted on 31. Mar, 2015 in Clayton Update

The Andrews Labor Government will remove Clayton and Centre Road level crossings, rebuild Clayton station and purchase 37 new, high capacity trains for the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

Local Labor MP Hong Lim welcomed the investment in the Clayton area saying it would ease congestion, reduce travel times and improve public transport for local residents.

Mr Lim said Labor’s unprecedented investment would see Clayton and Centre Road level crossings removed in the next four years. Clayton station will be rebuilt and serviced by new, high-capacity trains that operate exclusively on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

Premier Daniel Andrews today announced Labor’s plan to transform transport in Melbourne’s south east, including:
• The purchase of 37 next generation, high capacity trains, built at least 50 per cent here in Australia
• The removal of all nine level crossings between Dandenong and Caulfield
• Four rebuilt stations at Clayton, Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Hughesdale
• New and upgraded rail infrastructure in the corridor including power and signaling upgrades
• A new train depot and maintenance facility in Pakenham

The works will boost capacity by up to 42 per cent on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line every day – accommodating an extra 11,000 passengers in the morning peak – and boost capacity across the network by freeing up existing trains.

The Labor Government will get straight to work. Expressions of Interest for the level crossing removals and the next generation trains are expected to be released to the market within months. The trains will be at least 50 per cent locally made, supporting Victorian jobs.

Instead of proceeding with this problem-riddled unsolicited bid, the Labor Government will purchase detailed planning, design and engineering work from the consortium, and use it and the funding to fast-track a bigger, better plan with more trains and more level crossing removals.

Quotes attributable to Member for Clarinda, Hong Lim:
“Labor’s unprecedented investment in transport Melbourne’s South East has huge benefits for Clarinda.”
“The Andrews Labor Government will remove two local level crossings, rebuild Clayton station and buy new, high-capacity trains just for the Cranbourne-Pakenham line.”
“This is a once-in-a-generation investment in better roads, better trains and better public transport for Clarinda.”

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