Rail passengers at Donnybrook and Wallan will soon see improvements to train stations, with the Labor Party promising upgrades to support these growing communities.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green on Wednesday (August 1) unveiled plans for the stations, which will focus on improving passenger accessibility, comfort and safety.
“We’re not wasting any time getting to work to deliver the facilities these growing communities need,” Allan said.
Works at Donnybrook Station will upgrade the car park, more than doubling the number of car parking spaces.
Pedestrian access will also be improved around the precinct, while Springs Road will be reconfigured to provide better access and integration for buses and cars. Other improvements include new passenger shelters and two new bus bays.
There will be a boost in security at the station, with new CCTV and lighting to be installed on platforms and in the car park.
Improvements to Wallan Station will include an extension of the waiting room, new bathrooms, new shelters, additional bus bays and bicycle facilities.
“Donnybrook and Wallan are important parts of the public transport network and we’re improving the stations to deliver better facilities for passengers,” Green said.
The city-bound platforms at both stations will be extended to accommodate six-carriage trains, so that passengers can enter and exit from all carriage doors, reducing the amount of time trains will need to stop at the station.
VicTrack is delivering the construction on behalf of Rail Projects Victoria and will soon appoint a contractor for the work, with the Request for Tender process starting over the coming weeks. The project is set to be complete by 2020.
The $24 million project is part of the joint Commonwealth and Victorian Government funded $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program.
Regional Rail Revival is funded by both the Australian and Victorian government and will upgrade every regional passenger train line in Victoria, creating more than 1,000 jobs. Rail Projects Victoria will consult the community on the proposed improvements at Donnybrook and Wallan over the coming weeks.