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The Victorian government has announced that a new station serving the growing town of Huntly, near Bendigo will be brought forward by a year.
Originally scheduled to be complete in 2023, Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan said that locals will be able to catch trains to Bendigo and the rest of the V/Line network by mid-2022.
Huntly is one of three new stations being built as part of the $49.6 million Bendigo Metro 3 project, along with station at Goornong, also on the Echuca line, and Raywood, on the Swan Hill line.
Goornong Station will be the first complete by the end of 2021, and Raymond Station is expected to be finished by late 2022.
“Each of these stations will connect residents to more opportunities for work, education and health – and it’s fantastic to see that Huntly Station will be finished even sooner than expected,” said Allan.
Each station will have a single-sided platform with lighting, tactile paving, seating, pedestrian shelters and carparking with lighting and CCTV.
The community is invited to give feedback on concept drawings for the station.
“We want to have input from residents on these stations and that feedback will inform the final designs before we start construction,” said Allan.
The work on the three stations is being conducted alongside upgrades to the Bendigo and Echuca lines, which includes an improved electronic train ordering system, level crossing upgrades. Other works are also being conducted to improve the frequency of services between Bendigo and Kyneton.
This article first appeared on www.railexpress.com.au
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