The Andrews Labor Government’s expansion of parking at Bacchus Marsh is complete, as the station celebrates its 130th anniversary.
Member for Melton Don Nardella joined commuters and locals at the station today to mark the significant occasion.
The Labor Government’s $1 million upgrade has added more than 150 spaces, reducing parking pressure at the busy station Melbourne’s booming west. Bacchus Marsh Station now has 550 car parking spaces, including six accessible spaces.
Don Nardella said:
“The extra spaces will reduce the daily scramble to get a park – making it quicker, easier and safer to drive to the station, get the train, and get home again at the end of the day.”
The upgrade has also made the car park brighter, safer and easier to navigate – with lighting, CCTV and better drainage, as well as new signage, increasing capacity and improving safety.
Pictured above L-R: Don Nardella, Member for Melton; David Irvin; and Peter Gibson, Regional Manager for V/Line, cutting the cake in honour of Mr Irvin’s 35 years with V/Line (33 of those at Bacchus Marsh station).
To celebrate the station’s 130-year anniversary, passengers enjoyed a breakfast barbecue cooked by the local Lions Club as well as complimentary coffee and tea by local supplier Coffee Inashot, and entertainment from four-piece jazz band Hot Potatoes.
Mr Nardella said:
“This is a wonderful occasion – a celebration of this station’s past, and it’s future as a busy commuter hub for Melbourne’s growing west.”
Bacchus Marsh Station opened on 10 February 1887 and was a key component of the rail network in the state’s west, allowing trains to travel directly between Melbourne and Ballarat, instead of via Geelong.
Today, more than 390 V/Line trains and coaches service station each week, including 10 new services added to the timetable last month.
Mr. Nardella also said:
“The Labor Government’s planning of the $518 million upgrade of the Ballarat line will duplicate the line to Melton, creating space for more trains, more often for local passengers thus delivering more frequent services through Bacchus Marsh, Melton and along the Ballarat Line.”
The upgrade also includes construction of an extra platform at Bacchus Marsh, and a new crossing loops to boost the reliability and punctuality of services on the Ballarat line.