The Victorian Government has announced a $9 million program to upgrade trains, stations and buses in the Gippsland region.

The State Government’s Gippsland Rail Corridor Station Upgrade Program will build 100 new car parks at Traralgon Station and 60 new spaces at Morwell to make it quicker and easier for local passengers to drive to the station and catch the train.

The four stations at Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Trafalgar will be made more accessible for people with disabilities, with new ramps, upgraded toilets, tactile ground surface indicators and lowered ticket counters. Waiting areas will also upgraded at each station.

Trafalgar Station will get a new platform entrance, platform shelter, and bike hoops, and the bus bay will be upgraded to improve connections between trains and V/Line buses.

The bus bay and interchange at Moe Station will also be upgraded, and a new protection barrier will be installed on the edge of the car park parallel to the platform to protect it from cars leaving the roadway.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan said that three new carriages will also be added to Gippsland services on 11 April 2017. The three carriages will add 222 seats to busy peak hour services – doubling space for passengers.

“This multi-million program will make it quicker and easier get to the station and catch the train in Gippsland,” Ms Allan said.

“It’s part of our massive investment in better public transport in Gippsland and across regional Victoria.”

These rail upgrades come just days after the start of the new Latrobe Valley bus network, which is delivering more frequent, direct and coordinated services to more places in Traralgon, Moe, Morwell and surrounding areas.

Work on the Gippsland Rail Corridor Station Upgrade Program is expected to be complete by early 2018.

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