Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
New $26 Million Grovedale Station A Boost For Public Transport In Geelong
Victor P Taffa
Geelong residents are set to receive a brand new railway station with Premier Denis Napthine today announcing funding to begin construction on the $25.9 Million Grovedale station.
Visiting the Grovedale site with Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder, Dr. Napthine said the upcoming State Budget would include $16.5 Million for construction works on the new station.
“This project was a key election commitment from the Victorian Coalition Government to manage the growth in this region and the increasing patronage on Geelong train services.” Dr. Napthine said.
“We have previously provided $9.4 Million for planning and to purchase the land for the station, now we are getting on with the job of building this important piece of infrastructure and delivering better services for the region.”
“With the patronage on the Geelong train line increasing by more than 100 % since 2005/06 this new railway station will help meet the increasing demand for public transport now and into the future.”
“It will also be of enormous benefit to residents in the Armstrong Creek area which is growing rapidly due to the fantastic lifestyle on offer in the region.”
“The Grovedale and Armstrong Creek areas to the south of Geelong are becoming increasingly popular due their proximity to Deakin University, the surf coast and some of the state’s best gourmet food producers and wineries.”
“This investment will provide a much needed public transport option and reduce travel time and cost for local residents by extending V/Line services beyond Marshall station. It will also benefit the large numbers of tourists who visit the region.” Dr. Napthine said.
The new Grovedale station will include a single platform with passenger amenities, on road bus bays, bicycle storage and parking for 200 cars.
Mr. Mulder said that when combined with the multi-billion dollar Regional Rail Link project and the purchase of 40 additional V/locity rail carriages, these upgrades will provide more reliable and frequent train services for the people of Geelong.
“The Coalition Government is providing for the increasing transport needs of the Geelong community not only with this railway station, but with our work on the Regional Rail Link, the new regional rail carriages Labor forgot to order and the continuation of the work on the Geelong Ring Road with the connection to the Surf Coast Highway.” Mr. Mulder said.
“Regional Rail Link is on-track for completion in early 2016 and, once open, there will be an extra three services to and from Geelong in the two hour peak period.”
There will also be seven services to Melbourne in the morning peak and about 25 return services through the day from the new Grovedale station.
Work on the new Grovedale train station is due to commence in early 2014.