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22
Oct

X’Trapolois train debuts on Frankston line

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The first X’Trapolis train to run on the Frankston line has started, helping to move more passengers in the morning peak, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder announced today.

Mr Mulder travelled on the train this morning from Flinders Street to Frankston.

“The first X’Trapolis train is a further step forward in the Victorian Coalition Government’s transformation of commuter travel on the Frankston line under the $115 million Bayside Rail Project,” Mr Mulder said.

“Works to upgrade rail infrastructure on the Frankston, Werribee and Williamstown lines is continuing, to enable eight brand new X’Trapolis trains to run on these lines in late-2015,” he said.

Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Gordon Rich-Phillips said the X’Trapolis trains were a fantastic addition to the metropolitan network and included enhanced safety features such as CCTV cameras in every carriage with a direct video link to the train driver.

“The delivery of new trains to the network will contribute to ongoing improvements across the metropolitan rail network and ensure that commuters in the south-eastern suburbs are able to get to work or school safely and on time and then home again to their families,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Liberal candidate for Frankston Sean Armistead said the first X’Trapolis train was a taste of more good things down the track for commuters on the Frankston line.

“X’Trapolis trains are the newest, biggest and fastest trains on Melbourne’s network. Running this train on the Frankston line will reduce crowding and get more people out of their cars and onto public transport,” Mr Armistead said.

Mr Mulder said the Bayside Rail Improvement Project was a key part of the Napthine Government’s record $24 billion investment in transport infrastructure.

“The last 12 months have seen extensive work to upgrade the safety and comfort of stations on the Frankston line to improve passenger journeys and station experiences,” Mr Mulder said.

“New safety zones, extra CCTV cameras, raised tactile indicators on platform edges and anti-slip surfaces on station ramps have been installed. By the end of the year, stations will also have improved lighting and be more comfortable with extra shelter over platforms and walkways to protect passengers from the sun and rain.

“These safety improvements are in addition to PSOs patrolling Frankston line stations from 6pm to the last train. 
 
“There will also be new mobility aid ramps to allow people in wheelchairs and motorised scooters to enter the first door of the first carriage unassisted by the driver.”

Mr Mulder said train departure information screens were being installed so that passengers could see at a glance when the next train service was arriving.

Network status boards are also being installed along the line to provide customers with information about how the metropolitan train, tram, bus and regional train networks are performing.

The new boards will help passengers make more informed, on-the-go decisions about the best way to travel.

Mr Armistead said the Coalition Government had worked hard to rebuild the reliability and punctuality of train services on the Frankston line.

“Punctuality on the Frankston line was disastrous under Labor and down to 71.7 per cent in September 2010, compared with 90.6 per cent last month under the Coalition,” Mr Armistead said.

“The Coalition has also added 191 extra services a week since 2010 including 20 more trains during peak periods each week from July this year, providing trains every 10 minutes throughout the day.”

Mr Mulder said that Frankston line commuters would also benefit from the introduction from 1 January 2015 travel across Zones 1 + 2 for the price of a zone 1 fare, discounted fares for travel in Zone 2 only and free tram travel in the CBD and Docklands.

Bayside Rail Improvement Project works in progress along the Frankston line include:

• upgrading tracks;
• upgrading the power supply to trains;
• repairing overhead wires;
• upgrading train signaling;
• improving safety at stations;
• re-painting stations and level crossings;
• installing new DDA access ramps;
• installation of extra CCTV cameras on platforms;
• extra platform shelters and covered walkways;
• new white lighting in and around stations; and
• new network status boards and train departure information screens.

For more information on the Bayside Rail Project, visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au/baysiderail, call 1800 800 007 (6am-midnight daily) or email ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au.


Media contacts: Cathy Stanislawski / Janet Cummings 9794 7667
cathy.stanislawski@parliament.vic.gov.au
janet.cummings@parliament.vic.gov.au
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