Massive rail investment to benefit Oakleigh
Written on the 10 September 2014
• 25 new high capacity trains for Cranbourne and Pakenham lines
The announcement of a massive $2–2.5 billion rail investment for the Cranbourne-Pakenham corridor will not only benefit my constituents in Oakleigh and other areas of Southern Metropolitan Region, but will also cater for the growth in Melbourne's south-east.
This multi-billion project includes the removal of the level crossings at Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena, and Koornang Road, Carnegie, the purchase of 25 new next generation trains and new high-capacity signalling – one of the first uses of this technology in Australia. New stations will be built at Carnegie and Murrumbeena.
Removing these two level crossings will remove bottlenecks on the local road networks, improve traffic flow and safety, and improve travel times for motorists and public transport users, particularly those on our public bus system.
The project will transform the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines and will deliver a 30 per cent capacity boost for one of Melbourne’s busiest rail corridors. The number of peak hour trains will increase to a total of 18 services.
The project will create 3000 new jobs.
The Murrumbeena Road level crossing was designated as a high priority by the Victorian Coalition Government when it came to office in 2010.
This is an issue I have raised with the Minister for Public Transport on a number of occasions and I have spoken of the need to remove the Murrumbeena Road level crossing in the Victorian Parliament.
Residents and commuters of Murrumbeena and surrounding areas know that this issue was completely ignored by the former state Labor Government.
The Victorian government's approach is in stark contrast; it is strategic and considered.
Improving train services and infrastructure is a top priority for the Victorian Coalition Government. I am particularly delighted by the investment and proud to be a member of the Coalition Government that is delivering better public transport for local residents.
Pictured at Murrumbeena Station and level crossing after the announcement with Premier Denis Napthine, Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder and commuters.
Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Public Transport and Roads Terry Mulder announce the beginning of consultation for the Cranbourne Pakenham Rail Corridor Project. The consultation provides local residents with the opportunity to have a say on the concept drawings for the level crossing removals and new stations.
Premier Denis Napthine announces the request for proposals for works on the Cranbourne - Pakenham Rail Corridor project at Carnegie Railway Station.
Published on Apr 21, 2014