Upgrade Underway on Warragul Rail Precinct

Media Release

WT025/2014

28 February 2014

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads and Public Transport

Russell Broadbent

Member for McMillan

Gary Blackwood

Member for Narracan

Traffic on the busy Alfred Street overpass could be cut in half next year, with work starting today on a new underpass for Warragul railway station.

Representing Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss, Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent joined Victorian Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder and State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood to turn the first sod of soil on the project.

Mr Truss said the $26 million Warragul Rail Precinct Upgrade was an important regional project that would provide a sizeable injection into the local economy.

“The upgrade will also deliver significant productivity improvements in the area by improving traffic links between east and west Warragul, including a more direct link from north eastern Warragul to the Princes Freeway,” said Mr Truss.

Mr Broadbent said the construction of an underpass to the east of the railway station will connect Alfred Street to the Queens Street and Normanby Place intersection.

“This underpass beneath the rail line means trucks and through traffic will be diverted away from the Warragul town centre, making Warragul safer for pedestrians and shoppers,” Mr Broadbent said.

“Consideration has also been given to the heritage of the area, and the historic goods shed has been relocated and will be restored as part of the upgrade.”

Mr Mulder was excited to see the project take the next step, and said it was a great boost for the Warragul community.

“The new 200-space car park at the Warragul railway station is a massive coup for commuters, along with a new pick-up and drop-off point. We are making access to the station much easier,” Mr Mulder said.

“A new bus interchange will also improve access at the Warragul railway station, saving time for travellers.”

Mr Blackwood said that community feedback for the project had been valuable, and as a result the new pedestrian overpass between the car park and station would be covered, improving pedestrian amenities during inclement weather.

“It is important to acknowledge that this project has been made possible through many years of drive and effort from the Warragul community, the Baw Baw Shire and the financial commitment of the Victorian Coalition" Mr Blackwood said.

“Warragul is at the heart of one of the fastest growing areas in country Victoria and these improvements will pave the way for new jobs, as well as business, retail and tourism opportunities.”

VicRoads will work closely with stakeholders, the Warragul community and businesses to better understand the important issues for the community and ensure people are kept up-to-date throughout the project.

The upgrade is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($3.35 million) and the Victorian Government ($22.69 million).

The Shire of Baw Baw has also supported the project through the transfer of land on the south east side or the railway station which will form part of the underpass.

Major works have started today and are planned to be completed by mid-2015.