The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has called on the state government and opposition to commit to building a railway station at Southland Shopping Centre.
PTUA president Daniel Bowen said it was ludicrous that a major traffic generator adjacent to a railway line had no station.
Southland’s western entrance is only a short distance from the Frankston line, but train passengers must walk a kilometre from the closest station at Cheltenham, or catch buses, which are not timed to connect with trains, and depart from several different stops.
“It’s a long walk from the station, and the bus connections are infrequent and confusing. As a result, almost everybody going to Southland travels by car, resulting in packed carparks and traffic chaos every weekend”, said Mr Bowen.
“A railway station at Southland would make it easier to reach the centre by public transport, particularly for people alone the Frankston line, allowing people to avoid the traffic and leave the car at home. It’s a no-brainer, and it’s time the station was built.”
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In 2004 the state government said they had done a pre-feasibility study into a railway station at Southland
In 2009, the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) called for a railway station at Southland
This NearMap aerial shot shows the western side of Southland Shopping Centre, adjacent to the train line.