THE Victorian Government this week opened Southland Station at Cheltenham in Melbourne's south-east, which it said would provide better access to one of Melbourne's largest shopping precincts, reduce traffic congestion and provide an economic boost to the area.
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan joined Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos and Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson to mark the opening of the station, which is expected to cater for more than 4,400 passengers per day.
The new station includes ramp and stair access to both platforms, accessible toilets, shelter and CCTV on both platforms, and bicycle hoops in the station precinct, with key design elements of the station shaped by consultation with the local community.
Southland Station is located on the Frankston line between Highett and Cheltenham stations. The construction contract was awarded to Coleman Rail in July 2016, with major construction beginning soon after.