WILLIAMS Landing train station has finally opened to Werribee line commuters after nearly 18 months of construction.
Up to 1000 passengers are expected to board peak-hour trains every morning at the new station, between Hoppers Crossing and Aircraft stations.
The $110 million project will give residents in Williams Landing, Point Cook and Truganina access to nearby trains and a new bus network.
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Cedar Woods, the developer of the Williams Landing housing estate, said the new station was a “significant step” in catering for rapid population growth in Melbourne’s west growth corridor.
State manager Nathan Blackburne said that after 12 years of planning, the project would be welcomed by thousands of Williams Landing residents.
“Government and key stakeholders should be commended for funding and delivering such significant infrastructure that will positively impact the lives of people within one of Melbourne’s major growth areas.”
The ‘premium’ station will be staffed from first to last train and includes a 500-space car park, bus terminal, bicycle cages, a footbridge across Princes Freeway and CCTV security cameras. Protective service officers have been assigned to patrol the station from 6pm until the last train.
Western Metropolitan Liberal MP Andrew Elsbury said the project delivered a key road link for residents, with the extension of Palmers Road opening last Sunday.
“There’s now a direct connection between Williams Landing and Point Cook, giving residents from both sides access to the station and Princes Freeway,” he said.
Five new bus links, to replace the 413 and 416 Hoppers Crossing-Laverton buses, will run on a 22-minute timetable in peak periods to join surrounding suburbs with the new station.
Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the new buses would connect with trains and provide improved late-night services for Point Cook’s population of 32,000.
As reported by the Weekly, some residents share concerns raised by Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland.
She fears the new station’s 500 car spaces will quickly fill up in the mornings and that new buses will get stuck in traffic on Palmers Road – a notorious peak-hour bottleneck.