MELBOURNE’S busiest train line will be shut down for up to five weeks while a problem level crossing is removed.
Majority of passengers on the Pakenham/Cranbourne line may also be forced to stand when new high capacity trains are introduced as part of the $2.5 billion update to the Dandenong rail corridor.
Leaked cabinet documents obtained by Channel 9 reportedly revealed that the new trains, set to cost almost $5 million, would contain seats for just 40 per cent of the planned passenger load.
Spokeswoman for Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder, Larissa Garvin, told the Herald Sun the trains would “be bigger, longer and have wider doors to help people get in and out quicker”.
She would not comment on the reduced number of seats.
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