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A multi-million-dollar train storage yard will be built at Wyndham Vale, as the Victorian government looks to improve reliability on the trouble-plagued Geelong line.
The $172.9 million facility will be built in paddocks alongside the Regional Rail Link, and used to store and refuel trains in between services.
Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said the facility would be a 24 hour a day, seven day a week operation.
“There’ll be drivers based here, there will also be maintenance teams based here as part of the refuelling,” Ms Allan said.
The yard is due to open in 2020. (9NEWS)
The government hopes to improve reliability on the Geelong line. (9NEWS)The new yard is due to open in early 2020, and will allow more trains to start or terminate their journeys at Wyndham Vale, giving transport planners more flexibility to deal with overcrowding on suburban sections of the line.
Treasurer and local MP Tim Pallas said it would create an extra 24 jobs.
“There is a significant advantage to the community having this facility here; it will mean more services in time,” he said The government has previously announced it will look at extending electrified Metro suburban services to Tarneit and Wyndham Vale.
Construction of the new Wyndham Vale yard will allow for the demolition of V/Line’s existing E-Gate sidings at West Melbourne, with the land to be used for an extension of Wurundjeri Way.
The new road is being built as part of the West Gate Tunnel tollway, which is due to open in 2022.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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