VICTORIAN Premier Denis Napthine and Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder last week announced the start of the $100 million Bayside Rail Improvement Project, which will deliver a range of station and maintenance upgrades along the Frankston line in preparation for the arrival of Melbourne's eight newest X'Trapolis trains from 2015.
"The Bayside Rail Improvement Project will improve train reliability for 50,000 weekday Frankston line travellers. Melbourne's newest trains will run on the Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown lines for the first time while continuing to operate on six lines to Melbourne's northeast and eastern suburbs such as Belgrave and Hurstbridge", Dr Napthine said.
Dr Napthine said the upgrades to stations along the line will complement the $176 million investment in eight new X'Trapolis trains that will start carrying passengers from 2015 on the Frankston line.
Mr Mulder said that works will begin this month with the painting of station buildings, installation of additional myki readers and improved safety features, such as raised tactile markers and new platform safety zones. It is expected that Parkdale and Seaford will be the first repainted stations.
"New, extended station canopies to improve passenger weather protection and improved lighting will follow. Every station on the Frankston line will have new electronic information screens called 'Rainbow Boards' installed to display the status of trains, trams and buses, providing improved information for commuters," the Minister said.
"The Coalition Government's $100 million investment in the Frankston line will also deliver track, signalling, power and maintenance facility upgrades to improve train reliability and allow X'Trapolis trains to operate on the Frankston line."
More information is available from the Public Transport Victoria website at <http://ptv.vic.gov.au/projects/rail-projects/bayside-rail-improvement-project/>.