Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
$220 Million New Train Maintenance Facility = 120 New Jobs
Victor P Taffa
Investment in a state-of-the-art train stabling and maintenance facility will help bring train travel to three new stations and provide the biggest boost to weekend travel in a generation.
Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the completion of the $220 Million Craigieburn Train Stabling and Maintenance Facility would create 120 ongoing jobs in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
The project is a vital piece of infrastructure to allow more trains onto the network and ensure Metro has improved facilities to clean and maintain our rolling stock.
The facility has been completed ahead of the introduction of a new timetable on April 22 which will create a 10-minute daytime frequency on the Ringwood, Dandenong and Frankston lines.
The new timetable will also integrate the historic extension of the Epping train line to South Morang and the introduction of new stations at Lynbrook and Cardinia Road.
In total 353 new services will be added to the network. This will ensure more services will be run than ever before.
“This is a landmark time for Melbourne’s train network. These projects will help more people access our public transport network and provide greater capacity and reliability to the network as well.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The Craigieburn facility is a vital cog to allow more trains on the network and improve services across Melbourne.”
The new timetable will mark the delivery of services to the new South Morang Railway Station following the successful extension of the rail line from Epping.
Following this historic work which has come in ahead of time and within budget, the Epping train line will be renamed when the new timetable begins as the South Morang line.
More than 280 services will be added to weekend travel to create a 10-minute daytime frequency on the Ringwood, Dandenong and Frankston lines.
It is the first stage of a planned network-wide 10-minute frequency at key off-peak periods across the network.
For the first time, large scale changes will be made to timetables on almost half of Melbourne’s bus routes to provide better connections between buses and trains.
A variety of changes will take place on 140 bus routes, with commuters encouraged to visit the PTV website for full details.
The new timetable capitalises on a range of improvements to the rail network, which has already delivered 38 new X’Trapolis trains, new maintenance facilities at Craigieburn and three new stations.
“Bringing extra services for Melburnians requires a range of investment in infrastructure, staff and planning.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to the necessary work to give Victoria the public transport system it wants.”