Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
New Williams Landing Station, New Timetable And More Trains And Buses For Melbourne’s West
Victor P Taffa
Residents in Melbourne’s booming west will have better access to public transport services from 28 April, with the opening of Williams Landing railway station.
The station, located on the Werribee line, will cater for thousands of residents in the fast-growing suburbs of Point Cook, Williams Landing and Truganina.
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the Victorian Coalition Government was working to improve public transport in Melbourne’s growth suburbs.
“Wyndham is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. This new railway station will mean more transport options for thousands of Point Cook residents.” Mr. Mulder said.
“All Werribee line trains will stop at Williams Landing, which means Point Cook residents will no longer have to travel to Hoppers Crossing, Aircraft or Laverton to catch the train.”
Locals now have hundreds of train services a week to choose from, closer to home.”
Mr. Mulder said trains will stop at Williams Landing every 11 minutes on average during peak times, and every 20 minutes during the off-peak. Point Cook will also have an overhauled bus network with new routes, more frequent services and greater coverage to provide connections to the new station.
Mr. Mulder thanked the locals for their patience during construction work and for contributing to the station design.
“During the past year, anyone driving between Melbourne and Geelong has been able to watch the progress of Williams Landing and would appreciate the magnitude of the project. Not only has it involved a new station, but the extension of Palmers Road, the installation of a new footbridge, and significant road and traffic changes.” Mr. Mulder said.
The new Williams Landing Station will operate as a Premium station and will be staffed from first to last train.
The new station will feature:
- An island platform accessible by stairs, lifts and ramps;
- A new bus terminal and a taxi rank;
- A car park with 500 spaces, and drop-off zones;
- A pedestrian footbridge across the Princes Freeway;
- A secure Parkiteer bicycle cage for cyclists; and
- An air-conditioned waiting area and toilets.
Member for Western Metropolitan Region Andrew Elsbury welcomed the opening of the new railway station.
“Williams Landing Station is highly anticipated in the community, as excitement about the station has grown since the erection of the pedestrian bridge over the freeway.” Mr. Elsbury said.
“This all abilities access station will fill a missing link in this region’s public transport infrastructure.”
Member for Western Metropolitan Region Bernie Finn said this announcement was further evidence that Melbourne’s West was firmly on the Napthine Government’s radar.
“We promised locals we would end the neglect displayed by the previous Labor Government and we’re carrying that through.” Mr. Finn said.
In addition to the new train station and bus services for Point Cook, there will be changes for a number of V/Line trains and coaches, as well as some metropolitan bus routes from 28 April.
“Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo line trains will have updated timetables to factor in the Werribee line and Regional Rail Link project changes. Some regional coaches and buses will have adjustments to maintain connections with the new train timetables.” Mr. Mulder said.
Mr. Mulder said that Bendigo and Kyneton passengers could also look forward to quicker journey times on several trains.
“Following last year’s extension of Metro trains to Sunbury, we have been able to allocate spare VLocity trains to the Bendigo line, replacing some older trains and improving journey times by up to 15 minutes on some trips.” Mr. Mulder said.
Mr. Mulder said that the upcoming April timetable changes follow the success of recent timetable changes.
“With each timetable change we’re working to progressively improve the public transport network. Recent timetable changes have opened new stations at South Morang, Lynbrook and Cardinia Road in Pakenham, added 1,078 new train trips per week, and have helped to untangle the network.” Mr. Mulder said.
“Projects underway, such as the Regional Rail Link, will create extra capacity to allow us to continue to make improvements and add extra train trips into the future.”