Massive rail investment to benefit Oakleigh (7.03.2014)
Written on the 12 March 2014
Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder highlighted that improving train services and infrastructure is a top priority for the Victorian Coalition Government, during their visit to Murrumbeena Station today.
Dr Napthine said the Murrumbeena community would benefit from the removal of the Murrumbeena Road level crossing, a new Murrumbeena Railway Station and a 30 per cent increase in train capacity.
“Our investment in the Cranbourne-Pakenham corridor will mean more trains, carrying more people, more often,” he said."The new Murrumbeena Station, combined with the removal of the Murrumbeena Road level crossing, will result in improved travel times for public transport users and motorists."
Member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Georgie Crozier welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement of a $2–2.5 billion rail project investment to cater for growth in Melbourne’s southeast - which will result in a 21st century rail service.
“The multi-billion dollar program to transform the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines will deliver a 30 per cent capacity boost for one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors by purchasing 25 new next generation, high-capacity trains and delivering 21st century high-capacity signalling – one of the first uses of this technology in Australia - and it will enable more trains to run, more often,” Ms Crozier said.
“This will see the number of peak hour trains increase to a total of 18 services and create 3000 new jobs.”Level crossings on Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena and Koornang Road, Carnegie will be removed, as well as level crossings at Clayton and Centre Roads, Clayton. Brand new train stations will be built for Murrumbeena and Carnegie residents.
“I am particularly delighted by the investment to remove these four level crossings and the investment in new train stations in Murrumbeena and Carnegie,” Ms Crozier said.“I have spoken on the issue of the removal of the Murrumbeena Road level crossing a number of times in the Victorian Parliament, which has been a major concern for local residents and commuters for many years.”
“Removing these level crossings will improve traffic flow and safety, remove bottlenecks on our road networks and dramatically improve travel times and productivity for motorists, particularly those who travel on our public bus system,” Ms Crozier said.Endorsed Liberal candidate for Oakleigh Theo Zographos said annually almost 3.3 million bus travellers use the 623, 624, 704, 733 and 822 bus routes that will benefit from the removal of the Murrumbeena Road level crossing and the level crossings in Clayton at Centre and Clayton Roads.
“With the boom gates gone, these bus services will be more reliable, more efficient and will also increase in frequency.”“Melbourne’s southeast is one of the fastest growing employment and population centres in Melbourne,” Mr Zographos said.
“The Cranbourne and Pakenham rail corridor serves one in 10 Melbournians and by delivering this project we will provide a more frequent and reliable journey for passengers on the both lines.”Mr Zographos said yesterday’s announcement is in stark contrast to the performance of the previous Labor Government.
“The former Labor Government ignored the needs of local Oakleigh families and took them for granted for 11 long years,” Mr Zographos said.“The outgoing Labor MP desperately pleaded with her party to increase train services along this corridor as far back as 2006 – yet Labor never delivered.”
“I am proud to be a member of the Coalition Government that is delivering better public transport outcomes for local residents,” Ms Crozier said.The project announced yesterday is a further stage in the Coalition Government’s vision to provide a 21st century rail service with increased and improved services for eastern Victoria and the southeastern suburbs.
Media Contact: Victoria Lane (Georgie Crozier’s office) 0412 563 720 and Theo Zographos (Liberal Party Victoria) 9654 2255