Tuesday 21st February 2006
Station Battle on againSo 560 is becoming a smartbus, i think that we could be looking at a Campbellfield station within 10 years.
Melbourne's Peak transport users group has renewed its push for a new train station at Campbellfield.
Th Public Transport Users Association has called on the State Govenment to improve the Transport "black hole" and include a train station at Campbellfield in its future planning strategies.
The Campbellfield station site could be built near the Northcorp Industry Park on the Upfield line between Gowrie and Upfield stations. Association secretary Tony Morton said public transport needed to be improved in Campbellfield.
"Campbellfield has plenty of roads choked with cars, but people have virtually no access to public transport despite having a train linerunning straight past them," he said.
"As it happens, the Government is planning to run a new Smartbus service on route 560 along Camp and Mahoneys roads. But it must ensure the upgraded bus has an interchange with trains on the Upfield line."
Mr Morton said the Campbellfield train station was an obvious omission on the Upfield train line.
"Its time to get serious about providing new stations on networks where they are needed," he said.
The transport users association recently released its own five year planfor Melbourne's public transport, including a Campbellfield station.
In 2003 MAB Business Parks, which operates Campbellfield's Northcorp Industry Park, raised its hand to help fund a station.
State Government spokeswoman Sofia Dedes said the Government was developing its Metropolitan Transport plan which outlined the future strategies for transport projects.
"This includes improving the reach and frequency of bus services in the outer suburban areas," she said.
Electrification of the Broadmeadows line past the current end of the line provided for a future station of Coolaroo.