Escalators for New Train Stations

MR DIMOPOULOS (Oakleigh) — I wish to raise a matter for the Minister for Public Transport. The action that I seek is for the minister to assist my community and others by providing additional options for accessibility, specifically escalators, at the proposed new train stations on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line. These escalators would be in addition to the lifts already provided for in the plans. I am glad to see the minister is in the chamber; I appreciate her time.

The plan to remove nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong is long overdue. This government is getting on with the job that was promised in 2014 — that is, to remove 50 level crossings. Some of the first crossings to go are in my community, which makes sense as they have been consistently rated as the worst in Melbourne. Removing the crossings continues to be the no. 1 priority for my community. I have appreciated looking in detail at the plans released in February. These plans have been made available to the community during local consultations, and numerous suggestions have been made about the project.

As the minister is aware, in conjunction with my discussions with my community I have developed a range of ideas which I believe will help make this great project even better. I ask the minister to assist in providing escalators at each of the new train stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park. These new stations will be utilised to allow for the major increase in capacity expected when the 37 new trains arrive on this line. Of the 37 new trains, 50 per cent are to be manufactured in Victoria, which I think is fantastic. That is an extra 11 000 passengers during the morning peak.

I think it is vitally important that when we are building state-of-the-art infrastructure we make it the best it can be. I know that commuters in my community would very much appreciate escalators as well as stairs at all access points to the station platforms. I thank the minister for her commitment to removing the crossings and appreciate her working very hard with me and my community to get the absolute best outcome, because I know she believes in this project.

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