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Extra carparking spaces will be created at Donnybrook train station and the city-bound platform extended as part of the $1.57 billion Regional Rail Revival program.
The program, which is funded by the state and federal governments, is aimed at upgrading every regional passenger train line in Victoria.
Upgrades to Donnybrook station will include the extension of the city-bound platform to accommodate six-carriage trains, allowing passengers to enter and exit from all carriage doors and reducing the amount of time trains will need to stop at the station.
The number of carparking spaces will more than double, while new CCTV cameras and lighting will be installed on the station platforms.
Springs Road will be reconfigured to improve access to the station and integration for cars and buses; new passenger shelters and two new bus bays will be built; and pedestrian access to the station precinct improved.
The works will coincide with an upgrade to Wallan train station.
VicTrack will deliver the $24 million project involving both stations on behalf of the Regional Rail Revival Program.
Transport Minister Jacinta Allan, who visited Donnybrook station on Wednesday to announce the upgrade, said the works would support the growing Donnybrook community.
“We’re investing in these stations and delivering on improvements to make sure they’re safe and comfortable for passengers,” she said.
A tender process for the works will begin in coming weeks, with the project expected to be completed by 2020.
Rail Projects Victoria will consult the community on the proposed works in coming weeks.
To have your say on the upgrades, visit regionalrailrevival.vic.gov.au/shepparton
This article first appeared on www.starweekly.com.au
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