Caulfield area to benefit from extensive rail upgrade plan

September 12, 2018 by  

Caulfield is set to benefit from an upgrade to its rail services.

The proposed $750 million project to increase the frequency of rail services to Melbourne’s south east would involve the upgrading of tracks around Caulfield station. More services to Caulfield and its surrounds could translate to more customers for local stationery printers.

The focus of the plan is to have trains running along the Cranbourne line every ten minutes during morning and evening peak hours. The outer south east has been booming in recent years as new families and many migrants have set up households there, but this has caused congestion on many public transport routes to and from the area.

To ease this, tracks are to be upgraded and duplicated around Caulfield where the train to Frankston breaks off, with similar works further down the line at Pakenham and Dandenong. The eight kilometres of track works are expected to create 1,000 jobs and construction would commence in 2021 with an estimated completion date in 2023.

It follows the removal of nine level crossings in the south east under the $1.6 billion sky rail project, which has been aimed at reducing automobile traffic congestion as well as overall road and train safety.

The current Victoria government has said the project will go ahead if it wins the upcoming state election in November.