The new station connecting Melbourne’s Southland shopping precinct to the Frankston line will open on 26 November, just in time for the holiday season.

The new station will directly connect more than 4,400 passengers to one of Melbourne’s largest shopping precincts for the first time.

The Southland Station will be the 12th new station opened by the Labor Government, and is one of dozens of public transport projects underway right across Victoria including the Metro Tunnel, 50 level crossing removals and 65 new high-capacity trains.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, said the new station will make travelling to Southland easier for thousands of staff and shoppers every day.

It will make it easier for staff to get to work, and for people to get to Westfield Southland to shop, spend money and support jobs and local businesses. Currently, staff and visitors have to catch the bus or walk from Highett and Cheltenham stations.

Southland Station will also help to ease traffic and parking congestion at the shopping centre and in the local area by enabling people to leave their car at home.

“We promised a new station and we’ve delivered – right on time for the busy Christmas period,” Mr Staikos said.

More than 350 people have worked more than 61,000 hours during the 15-month construction of the new station, moving around 600 tonnes of earth.

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