Clunes Comes Alive As Trains Return

Clunes Comes Alive As Trains Return

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Community Celebrates Return Of Trains To Clunes

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder today joined Member for Western Victoria David O’Brien and local community members at Clunes railway station to celebrate the return of V/Line passenger trains to the town.

“Today marks an important day in Clunes’ history.” Mr. Mulder said.

“I am delighted to be here to help the community celebrate the return of trains for the first time in nearly two decades. With its rich goldfields heritage, Clunes is a passionate community. I am thrilled that from Sunday 4 December, residents and visitors will have access to a daily return train.”

The $7 Million Clunes project was jointly funded by the Department of Transport and Regional Development Victoria. It includes:

  • An extended platform and new passenger shelter
  • Car park works: new asphalt and 22 parking spaces (with 2 disability compliant car parks)
  • Concrete footpaths and landscaping
  • Bus stop, taxi bay and two kiss & ride bays
  • An upgrade of the Boundary St. level crossing from stop signs to boom barriers.

Mr. Mulder said that repairs were being carried out on the original Clunes station to ensure it was preserved. Works include:

  • Underpinning the building through a grout injection to stabilise the structure
  • A new platform verandah to provide passenger shelter
  • Guttering and downpipes repaired or replaced.

Representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan, Mr. O’Brien said transport links were critical to the livability of Victoria’s provincial towns and cities.

“Clunes has established itself as a thriving arts centre in the region, with about 15,000 visitors flocking to the town each May for the annual Back to Booktown event. Clunes is also a preferred location for filming, providing an historic backdrop to several well known films and television commercials.”

“It made sense to include Clunes as a station stop on the Maryborough line, giving visitors a chance to experience what this town has to offer.” Mr. O’Brien said.

V/Line Chief Executive Officer Rob Barnett said that V/Line welcomed the improvements to the station and the addition of Clunes to the regional passenger rail network.

Mr. Mulder said he was also pleased to announce the service from Maryborough would now be faster.

“Thanks to level crossing upgrades along the Maryborough line, travellers will now save up to nine minutes a trip between Ballarat and Maryborough.” Mr. Mulder said.

Mr. Mulder said the Coalition Government had also allocated $2.5 Million to provide infrastructure to return passenger trains to Talbot.

“Concept designs for Talbot station will be completed by the end of the year, paving the way for the return of passenger trains to the town in 2012.” Mr. Mulder said.

“Local communities have thrown their support behind the trains as the Coalition Government continues to deliver affordable and convenient public transport along the Maryborough line.”

Using V/Line trains, an adult return weekday ticket from Clunes to Ballarat costs $9.20 or $7.60 on weekends when offpeak fares apply to adults. Concession return fares are $4.60 on weekdays when offpeak fares apply or $5.40 on weekends.

An adult weekday return ticket by train from Clunes to Southern Cross costs $39.40, or $32.40 on weekends when adult offpeak fares apply. Concession travellers pay $19.70 on weekdays or $23.20 return on weekends.

Timetables may be downloaded from www.vline.com.au. They are also available at staffed stations or by calling 136 196.