FEDERAL Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder this week announced the release of the final artist impressions and videos of new railway stations at Wyndham Vale and Tarneit, being built as part of Victoria's Regional Rail Link project.
The Ministers marked the milestone by inspecting the progress of work underway at the site of the new Wyndham Vale station, which will be located between Manor Lakes Boulevard and Ballan Road and include up to 400 car spaces, a bus interchange and taxi rank.
Wyndham Vale station will be built in a railway cutting over two kilometres in length and up to nine metres deep, with a pedestrian overpass to provide a link across the cutting. Future expansion is incorporated into the Wyndham Vale station design, including space for an additional 600 car parking spaces.
Tarneit station will be located near the intersection of Leakes Road and Derrimut Road and built at the existing surface level with a pedestrian underpass. It will also include up to 400 car spaces, a bus interchange and taxi rank, with future plans for an additional 600 car spaces.
Both stations will include CCTV cameras, passenger information displays, 'kiss-and-ride' bays, bicycle storage facilities and be fitted with a range of sustainability features, such as solar panels, energy efficient lighting and rain water tanks.
Wyndham Vale and Tarneit stations will be in metropolitan Zone 2, meaning passengers will only require a Zone 1 and 2 fare for travel into Melbourne, rather than a V/line fare.
"Regional Rail Link will connect the growing communities of Wyndham Vale and Tarneit to the rail network for the first time," Mr Mulder said, adding that the new stations will benefit both the environment and the local community.
The Regional Rail Link project will separate Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat train services from the metropolitan rail network through a new rail line running from West Werribee through Deer Park and suburbs including Sunshine and Footscray to Southern Cross Station.
Expected to be completed in 2016, the multi-billion dollar project will also result in upgrades to existing metropolitan stations at Footscray, West Footscray, Tottenham and Sunshine, in addition to the two new stations.