Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
$1.8 Million Facelift For Glen Waverley Station
Victor P Taffa
Glen Waverley station is set for $1.8 Million major facelift, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.
Visiting the station with Member for Mount Waverley Michael Gidley, Monash Mayor Cr. Micaela Drieberg and Metro Trains CEO Andrew Lezala, Mr. Mulder said the upgrade would clean up and modernise the station.
“We are investing $1.8 Million to bring the station into the twenty-first century.” Mr. Mulder said.
Mr. Mulder said the Coalition Government’s recent economic statement, Securing Victoria’s Economy, included ‘identifying industrial sites next to railway stations which are amenable to residential or commercial development’.
“Unlike our Labor predecessors who had not planned to improve the station, we’re making sure public transport benefits whenever stations are developed. That way everyone benefits.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The improvements to Glen Waverley station will make it safer, more secure, more accessible and more appealing. They will be welcomed by both shoppers and the 12,000 commuters who use the station each day.”
Mr. Mulder said the package of works included:
- An improved station forecourt and public seating;
- Construction of a new entrance canopy;
- Improved disability compliant ramps;
- A new kiosk.
Metro Trains CEO Andrew Lezala welcomed the improvements.
“The response to this development shows the sort of appetite there is for living close to public transport.” Mr. Lezala said.
“Customers on the Glen Waverley line have had a significant line upgrade last year and now with this upgrade we are improving the station environment and the overall experience of travelling with us.”
Mr. Gidley said the works would breathe new life into the busiest station on the Glen Waverley line.
“As a local resident and regular user of train and bus services I have worked hard to deliver improved public transport facilities at Glen Waverley station within the scope of this development.” Mr. Gidley said.
“I’m pleased that we added 20 more services every week to the Glen Waverley line in May 2011. In 2012 we also invested $12 Million in maintenance to improve the line, replacing 45,000 sleepers and 250 metres of fencing, fixing platforms and renewing overhead wiring and signals. This all part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to fix the problems after a decade of Labor’s neglect.”
Mr. Mulder said that VicTrack would appoint a builder later this year to undertake the works coinciding with construction of the IKON development.
“The aim is for the station works to be completed when the IKON project is finished in late 2013.” Mr. Mulder said.
Mr. Mulder said VicTrack will design and progress the works in close consultation with Metro Trains, Public Transport Victoria and the City of Monash.
Acting VicTrack Chief Executive, Cynthia Lahiff said VicTrack’s role was to support the Coalition Government to provide better public transport outcomes.
“We are working hard on opportunities elsewhere in Melbourne to work with the private sector to improve station precincts by developing underutilised railway land.” Ms. Lahiff said.
Mr. Mulder said by working with the private sector, the Coalition Government through VicTrack could secure funding to help create a world-class metro style rail system.
“Over the coming weeks, VicTrack will seek feedback from commuters into the proposed design and features of the new forecourt.” Mr. Mulder said.