Regional Rail Link, the biggest public transport infrastructure project currently underway anywhere in the country, is taking shape following last month’s release of the final artist impressions of the new stations projected for Wyndham Vale and Tarneit.
Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese were pleased with the work at the site of the new Wyndham Vale station, which is located in the heart of one of Victoria's fastest growing communities.
The project will be Melbourne's first new rail line in more than 80 years. In creating what Albanese called a “vital piece of infrastructure,” the capacity of the city's rail network will increase and growing traffic congestion on Melbourne's roads will be alleviated.
The federal government is shelling out $3.225 billion to assist the Victorian Government in funding the project.
“This multibillion dollar project will not only deliver frequent, reliable rail services to Melbourne's rapidly growing western suburbs, it is also laying the first ever dedicated track for passenger trains servicing Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat,” Albanese said.
“The record investment we are making here in Melbourne is being replicated nationwide. We are determined to make our cities even better places to live, work and raise a family, which is why we have doubled the roads budget and committed more to urban public transport than all our predecessors since Federation combined.”
Mulder said both Wyndham Vale and Tarneit stations will be integrated with bus interchanges, will provide parking spaces for more than 400 cars, and will be fitted out with multiple sustainable features including bicycle racks, solar panels, energy efficient lighting and rain water tanks in order to benefit both the environment and the local community.
The final designs of the two stations are currently on display and artist impressions of the buildings have been released as construction work continues on the project.
Regional Rail Link will connect the fast-growing communities of Wyndham Vale and Tarneit to the rail network for the first time. Because the stations will be in metropolitan Zone 2, passengers will only have to pay a Zone 1 and Zone 2 fare, rather than a V/line fare.
“Regional Rail Link is an investment in Victoria's people, its economy and its future,” Mulder said.
Regional Rail Link, which will increase the size of Victoria's rail network by laying 90 kilometres of new track, also includes a rebuilt West Footscray railway station, upgrades to Sunshine and Footscray stations, improvements to the entrance and forecourt at Tottenham station, two new platforms at Southern Cross Station, 13 road and rail grade separations through Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, the removal of two level crossings at Anderson Road in Sunshine and the construction of a new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River, located about 50 kilometres north of Melbourne.