Designs for a new Melbourne train station have been revealed, whilst the completion of $225 million worth of infrastructure upgrades in the city’s south-east have also been announced.
Construction of the new train station, in the rapidly growing suburb of Hallam, will begin later this year and will almost double the capacity of the current service, enabling an extra 121,000 passengers to use the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines during peak periods.
The project will also see the removal of Hallam Road level crossing meaning commuters no longer have to cross the busy Hallam Road and in turn, easing congestion.
Member for Narre Warren North, Luke Donnellan, said: “Vastly better facilities and a bold design will see the new Hallam Station become a local landmark for one of the fastest-growing communities in Victoria.”
The $225 million Thompsons Road Upgrade, which includes a major intersection upgrade has also been completed well ahead of schedule.
Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan, said: “We’ve delivered the Thompsons Road upgrade four months early and we’re getting on with removing the Hallam Road level crossing and delivering the brand-new station.”
Ms Allan went on to say that the Thompsons Road Upgrade upgrades, and similar projects, were helping to improve transport and create jobs for Victorians during COVID.
“Our road and rail projects are easing congestion and keeping Victorians in work through the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.
The Thompsons Road Upgrade saw the removal of a roundabout, the installation of new traffic lights to a vital intersection which is used by more than 58,000 motorists per day.
Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny said: “The community wanted the roundabout gone and I’m so glad we’ve been able to deliver on that promise and improve the journey right along Thompsons Road.”
The Victorian Government has now invested over $70 billion through Victoria’s Big Build, benefiting motorists and commuters across Melbourne’s booming south-eastern suburbs.