Having inspected new stations at Westall, Cardinia Road and South Morang, I consider that new stations built under the previous state government to be unnecessarily grandiose, costing way too much. Many stations built in decades past (Yarraman is one that comes to mind) were basic but functional. While I think that a platform with just a small shelter is perhaps inadequate, I have to agree with Tony Morton (I don't always agree with the PTUA) who said that any station at Southland no matter how basic is better than nothing.
No, I don't agree with this.
You want to build a station, you do it properly once.
Why? Because look at every other public transport project that is crying for investment because it wasn't upgraded to keep with the times.
- Huntingdale interchange (lack of seating and bus shelter).
- Many stations needing platform widening because of morning peak overcrowding
- Lack of toilets (with not a program in sight to increase their availability unless it's a new station)
- Poor lighting + lack of seats/shelter
I don't see any program over the last few decades to fix these basic things.
Yes, they're basic but no willpower to do it.
Why have Southland station suffer the same fate within a few months of opening.
PPP's are ridiculous.
You get a billion dollar shopping centre owner and a government with billions in taxpayers money/revenue unable to cough up more than $13 million for a station. Shows a lack of vision.
Westfield could easily afford to pay more because it reduces the need for it to upgrade its carparking.
But of course, greed gets in the way.
So no, I'd rather not see a station there (besides it's so close to Cheltenham), then have a half arsed effort.
They magically can find billions for the East-West link, but not millions for a station. That's why I don't agree with just "accepting" a station is better than no station.