Twenty new staffed Premium train stations, a fleet of 50 new low floor trams and four new stations in Melbourne’s growth areas are all part of the Brumby Labor Government’s 2010 State Budget $5.2 billion investment in Victoria’s public transport network.
The Minister for Public Transport Minister, Martin Pakula, said the 2010 State Budget balanced investment in securing the public transport network now with building for the future.
“The Brumby Labor Government is investing in vital services and building a better transport system so Victorians can spend more time with family and less time commuting,” Mr Pakula said.
“The Brumby Labor Government is securing the network today and building for the future.”
Mr Pakula said the 20 new Premium Staffed Stations, at a cost of $83.7 million, would be at: Seaford Station; Parkdale Station; Hallam Station; Prahran Station; Holmesglen Station; Upwey Station; Ormond Station; Westall Station; Chelsea Station; Windsor Station; Newmarket Station; Moonee Ponds Station; Hoppers Crossing Station; Carnegie Station; North Brighton Station; Lalor Station; Ginifer Station; East Richmond Station; Northcote Station; Highett Station. This increases the number of Premium Staffed Stations to 97.
“These 20 new Premium train stations will be staffed from first train to last, seven days a week,” Mr Pakula said.
“We know that Victorians are concerned about safety on public transport. That’s why the Brumby Labor Government is investing $83.7 million for 20 new Premium Stations.”
“It’s why we brought forward 50 new transit police for the network and why we’re giving the Chief Commissioner capacity to further boost transit police numbers with the Brumby Labor Government’s $673.6 million commitment to increase frontline police by 1 966 officers.”
In addition, train operator Metro will staff another 22 stations during the morning peak. Seven of these stations, which are close to schools, also will have a staff presence during the afternoons. The 22 stations are: Spotswood, West Footscray, Royal Park, Merlynston, Oak Park, Glenbervie, Strathmore, Pascoe Vale, Kensington, Tottenham, Canterbury, Burwood, Hawthorn, Gardiner, Dennis, Regent, Rosanna, Toorak, Hughesdale, Hawksburn, Sandown Park and McKinnon.
Mr Pakula said the 2010 State Budget also locked in the Brumby Labor Government’s $807.6 million investment in 50 new low floor trams and a new tram maintenance and storage depot at Preston.
“In the 12 months to December 2009, tram patronage was 179.1 million trips with an annual growth of 5.1 per cent,” Mr Pakula said.
“Work was already underway on delivering these 50 new low floor trams to the fleet, with two companies now tendering for the design and manufacture.
“When the fleet is fully rolled out, these trams will be capable of carrying around 10,000 people at any one time.
“The 2010 State Budget allows the Brumby Labor Government to complete an order for the tram fleet before the end of the year, with the first of the 50 trams to enter service in 2012-13.”
Mr Pakula said the 2010 State Budget delivered commitments made in the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan including: