Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan has released tenders for the Victorian Government’s Road and Rail Minor Works Program.

More than $22 million in train station, bus and other public transport infrastructure upgrades across regional Victoria have been released to market.

The program will deliver new car parks, more comfortable waiting areas, and better passenger information at train stations across rural and regional Victoria.

It will improve cycling infrastructure at stations with new, secure bike cages and hoops to make it easier to get to ride to the station and catch the train.

The $22.5 million program will also upgrade bus stops, signage and access, as well as bus and coach interchanges.

“These works will take place in five regions across 25 cities and towns in Victoria. I encourage local builders and contractors to apply through the tender process, and help us build a better public transport system,” said Ms Allan.

The Road and Rail Minor Works Program was funded in 2016’s Victoria Budget, and is the product of extensive consultation with local communities during the development of the Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP).

The RNDP is Victoria’s first ever short, medium and long-term strategy for better regional public transport. It was released in 2016 along with $1.3 billion in the Budget to kick-start initiatives in the plan.

Contracts are expected to be awarded by the end April, with construction due to start in late-2017 and to be finished by the end of 2018.

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