The Andrews Labor Government today opened Southland Station providing better access to one of Melbourne’s largest shopping precincts, easing traffic congestion and providing 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 with passengers, shoppers and staff.
“This station has been talked about for more than 130 years – it was the Andrews Labor Government that got it done. We’re getting it done – delivering new stations, more trains and the biggest pipeline of public transport projects in Victoria’s history to get people home safer and sooner.”
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
Melbourne’s newest train station will cater for more than 4,400 passengers per day, providing direct access to Southland shopping centre and cinemas.
In the past, passengers had to catch the bus or walk from Highett and Cheltenham stations.
“We promised a new station at Southland and we’ve delivered – right on time for the busy Christmas period.”
Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos
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.
Key design elements of the station were shaped by consultation with the local community and construction of the new station has seen 600 tonnes of earth moved and over 60,000 hours worked.
“The Andrews Labor Government is improving public transport in Melbourne’s south east – building more trains, removing level crossings and new and improved stations.”
Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson
Southland Station will be the 12th new station to be opened by the Labor Government, with trains running every ten minutes during the day on the Frankston line.