THE Victorian Government last week announced it will construct a new train station at Toolern to service Melbourne's growing outer-western suburbs, with funding from the Growth Areas Infrastructure Contributions fund.
While the current population of Toolern is currently around 1,000, the population is set to increase to 55,000 over the coming decades as the area becomes one of the largest urban growth areas in Victoria. Toolern is located south-east of the Melton Township and approximately 33 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.
The new station will be located near Ferris Road in Melton South, and include car parking, a bus interchange, bike storage. Locals will get an opportunity to have their say on the station's concept designs in the coming weeks.
According to the government, the new station will be supported by the $518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade, which will duplicate an approximate 18-kilometre section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton.
As part of this upgrade project, Rockbank Station will be rebuilt with new facilities and more than 300 new car parks. Additional platforms and pedestrian links will also be built at Bacchus Marsh and Ballan, giving both stations a second platform to boost capacity and allow trains to easily pass each other.
A consortium of Lendlease, Coleman Rail and SMEC has been announced as the preferred bidder to deliver the Ballarat Line Upgrade project. Early construction works commenced last month, with station upgrades and track duplication to begin next year and the project to be complete by late 2019.