Member for Caulfield, David Southwick, said the Coalition Government’s announcement of a $2–2.5 billion rail project investment to cater for growth in Melbourne’s southeast will result in a 21st century rail service with more trains, carrying more people, more often.
“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 that will enable more trains to run, more often,” Mr Southwick said.
“This will see the number of peak hour trains along both lines increase to a total of 18 services and create 3000 new jobs.”
Nine level crossings along both lines will be removed which will allow trains to run more frequently, greatly improving service for Caulfield public transport users. As part of the project planning and pre-construction funding will be committed for the removal of the level crossing on Grange Road, Carnegie.
“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 and those who travel on our public bus system.”
“Annually more than 1.6 million bus travellers use the 623 and 624 bus routes that will benefit from the removal of the Murrumbeena Road level crossing.”
“Melbourne’s southeast is one of the fastest growing employment and population centres in Melbourne.”
“The Cranbourne and Pakenham rail corridor serves one in 10 Melburnians and by delivering this project we will provide a more frequent and reliable journey for passengers on the both lines,” Mr Southwick said.
“Labor promised to improve capacity on these rail lines but never delivered,” Mr Southwick said.
“I am proud to be a member of the Coalition Government that is delivering better public transport services for local residents.”
The project announced today 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.
Image: (left to right) Elizabeth Miller MP, Minister Terry Mulder, Premier Napthine, Cr Theo Zographos, Georgie Crozier MP, David Southwick MP at Murrumbeena Railway Station