Four new stations for Melbourne on track

By: Graham Gardiner


New stations in Melbourne’s growing suburbs are a step closer with the Brumby Labor Government today announcing the awarding of

New stations in Melbourne’s growing suburbs are a step closer with the Brumby Labor Government today announcing the awarding of the design contract for the four "growth area" stations.

Arup in partnership with Cox Architects and Planners has been tasked with the design work.

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky says construction of the four new stations announced in the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan will start next year.

"The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to increase access to rail services at a time when more people than ever before are using our train network," she says.

"That is why construction will start next year for new stations at Cardinia Road near Officer, Caroline Springs, Lynbrook and Williams Landing near Point Cook.

"This year’s State Budget allocated $152.6 million for the growth area stations program to improve access to public transport for communities in Melbourne’s growth areas.

"With construction of the new stations to begin in 2010, the design of the four new stations has been packaged together to deliver maximum efficiencies in both the design and construction phase, while also minimising impacts on the train network."

Member for Gembrook Tammy Lobato says the Casey-Cardinia growth area, which includes Pakenham and Lynbrook, has experienced the greatest residential development of all of Melbourne’s growth areas over the past 10 years.

"New stations at Cardinia Road in Pakenham and Lynbrook are practical steps towards servicing these rapidly expanding communities," she says.

The four new stations will feature car parking, drop-off zones, taxi and bus facilities, pedestrian and bicycle access, closed circuit camera security surveillance and passenger amenities such as ticketing and passenger information displays.

Construction is expected to start on all four stations in 2010 once designs are finalised.

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