Thursday, 5 October 2017

Passengers at Bunyip Station will be treated to a free tea, coffee or hot chocolate on Friday 6 October to mark the station’s 140th birthday.

Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced V/Line will help celebrate the milestone by serving complimentary hot beverages between 6.30am and 10.30 am.

Bunyip Station first opened its doors on 8 October 1877, with more than 17,800 passengers catching the train there in the past year.

The Labor Government in August added 18 extra trains each week for Bunyip passengers, taking the number of services that stop at the station to 75, along with Night Coach services on Friday and Saturday nights.

It also comes as the Victorian and Commonwealth Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Rail Revival package will make significant upgrades to the Gippsland Line.

The $435 million upgrade of the line will upgrade the Avon River Bridge and include new track and station upgrades to give passengers frequent, reliable and safe services to and from Gippsland.

This includes duplicating the section of single track between Bunyip and Longwarry and building second platforms at Traralgon and Morwell stations to cater for the new dual track.

The Labor Government has also invested in 39 new VLocity carriages to help boost capacity on the busiest V/Line services.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing:

“Bunyip Station has come a long way in its 140-year history and there is a lot more to look forward to for passengers.”

“With our Regional Rail Revival and investment in VLocity carriages, we’re working to give Gippsland passengers the services they deserve.”