In a transport boost for the Lakeside area, all Pakenham line train services will stop at Cardinia Road Railway Station from Tuesday 29 January.
The new timetable will include 13 additional train services at Cardinia Road each weekday.
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said that it was great news that Lakeside residents would soon have access to even more train services.
“After coming to office, the Coalition Government discovered at Cardinia Road yet another Labor bungle. Only the Labor Party would plan and commission a station without power for trains to stop and take off, which resulted in the station opening in April 2012 with only limited services,” Mr Mulder said.
“In the last nine months we have been busily boosting the power supply on the train network, and with the new electrical substation recently commissioned, we can now stop all Pakenham line trains at Cardinia Road.”
Mr Mulder said that the new Cardinia Road timetable included three extra morning peak trains into the city and three extra afternoon peak trains departing from the city every weekday.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Edward O’Donohue said the delivery of full services at Cardinia Road builds on other improvements delivered by the Coalition Government in the south-east.
“The Coalition Government has delivered additional services and has expanded free commuter car parks at Pakenham, Beaconsfield, Merinda Park and Narre Warren with Berwick funded and to be constructed during this term of Government,” Mr O’Donohue said.
Local Member for Gembrook Brad Battin said Lakeside residents have embraced this new station.
“With this introduction of the full timetable at the station I am sure that the number of commuters will grow as this area continues to grow and new residents discover the benefit of having public transport close to their homes ” Mr Battin said.
Local Member for Bass Ken Smith said that with the introduction of this new timetable, Lakeside residents won’t have to drive to Officer or Pakenham to have their pick of peak services.
“With 450 free commuter car parks and a secure Parkiteer bike cage for those who prefer to ride, I encourage new residents to try Cardinia Road Railway Station,” Mr Smith said.
The new timetable for Cardinia Road Station is now available at www.ptv.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 007.