Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
Coalition Government Announces Next Stage Of Record Investment To Fix Victoria’s Rail Network
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu and Transport Minister Terry Mulder have announced a $12 Million maintenance blitz to upgrade rail infrastructure on the Glen Waverley line.
Premier Baillieu said the Glen Waverley line upgrade was the next stage of a series of major works to fix the rail network and improve public transport reliability for Victorian commuters.
“The Coalition Government is investing $247 Million in 2012/13 to address the public transport maintenance backlog left behind by the Brumby Labor Government.” Premier Baillieu said.
Mr. Mulder said the works would take place between Darling and Glen Waverley stations between July 7 and July 15 and again on the weekend of July 21-22.
“The intensive program of maintenance and renewal works will include a 9-day shutdown of the line between Darling and Glen Waverley stations. Without the intensive program, these works would have taken approximately 12 months to complete.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The project will include the replacement of 45,000 sleepers and 250 metres of fencing, platform works and renewal of overhead wiring and signals.”
Bus replacement services will be available throughout the July shutdown. It has been estimated that commuters travelling from Glen Waverley should expect an extra 12 minutes in travel time during the works period.
“The Glen Waverley work follows the successful pilot 9-day shutdown of the Cranbourne line over the Easter period, which helped save $2.7 Million through maximising works in an intensive period.” Mr. Mulder said.
“This money has been reinvested back into the network and these Glen Waverley works are expected to provide a further $900,000 in savings through the concentrated efforts.”
“Over four years the Coalition Government is investing a record $900 Million to fix the maintenance backlog left behind by Labor and begin building a more reliable public transport network for Victoria.” Premier Baillieu said.