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IN WHAT state authorities are calling a ''streamlining'' of rail services, trains from Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo will no longer stop at North Melbourne station once a $5 billion railway line through Melbourne's west is completed in 2016.
The authority behind the Regional Rail Link - which is designed to speed up V/Line services from the west by separating them from suburban trains - confirmed that trains from regional centres that now pass through North Melbourne would no longer stop there once works were completed in four years.
Instead, V/Line passengers wanting City Loop services will have to change at Footscray, which will receive a major overhaul with new platforms and escalators.
The authority said in a statement that allowing V/Line passengers to continue getting off at North Melbourne would ''add to congestion'' at the station - which was rebuilt in 2009 at a cost of $30 million.
From 2016, passengers would instead ''enjoy an express service from Footscray to Southern Cross Station'', the statement said.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/vline-to-give-north-melbourne-a-miss-20111221-1p5ns.html
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