The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading trains, stations and buses in Gippsland to get people home safer and sooner.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing in Traralgon today to announce three new carriages for Traralgon services and release the Labor Government’s Gippsland Rail Corridor Station Upgrade Program to market.
The $9 million program will build 100 new car parks at Traralgon Station and 60 new spaces at Morwell to make it quicker and easier for local passengers to drive to the station and catch the train.
The four stations at Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Trafalgar will be made more accessible for people with disabilities, with new ramps, upgraded toilets, tactile ground surface indicators and lowered ticket counters. Waiting areas will also upgraded at each station.
Trafalgar Station will get a new platform entrance, platform shelter, and bike hoops, and the bus bay will be upgraded to improve connections between trains and V/Line buses.
The bus bay and interchange at Moe Station will also be upgraded, and a new protection barrier will be installed on the edge of the car park parallel to the platform to protect it from cars leaving the roadway.
Minister Allan also announced today that three new carriages will be added to Gippsland services from this afternoon. The three carriages will add 222 seats to the 6:27am from Traralgon to Southern Cross Station, and the 4:58pm from Southern Cross to Traralgon – doubling space for passengers on these busy peak hour services.
These rail upgrades come just days after the start of the new Latrobe Valley bus network, which is delivering more frequent, direct and coordinated services to more places in Traralgon, Moe, Morwell and surrounding areas.
Work on the Gippsland Rail Corridor Station Upgrade Program is expected to be complete by early next year.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“This multi-million program will make it quicker and easier get to the station and catch the train in Gippsland.”
“It’s part of our massive investment in better public transport in Gippsland and across regional Victoria.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“Gippsland rail users deserve more passenger seating, more car parking and better amenity at stations, and these upgrades and improvements will make rail travel noticeably more comfortable and convenient as patronage numbers grow.”
“It’s crucial that public transport investment is prioritised for our region, and I’m continuing to advocate for large-scale, long-term investment in rail to accommodate population growth and improve services.”