Southland station proposal: Community has its say

Teresa Murphy Hundreds of people turned up to community briefings on the proposed station at Southland shopping centre.

Hundreds of people turned up to community briefings on the proposed station at Southland shopping centre.

More than 450 people attended the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) sessions on March 19 at the Cheltenham Community Centre and at Southland on March 21.

PTV’s communications manager Adrian Darwent said the overall community response to the project had been positive so far, but affected residents were worried.

“PTV met with a number of Tulip Grove and Jean Street residents, who will live next to the station’s proposed location, in the lead-up to the information sessions. Understandably, some residents are concerned about possible noise and privacy impacts, traffic congestion and parking issues. 

“While the feedback period is open until May 1, PTV is already working with residents, Westfield [owner of Southland] and the cities of Kingston and Bayside to determine how some of these local issues can be addressed.

“Once the feedback period is closed and all the responses have been analysed, PTV will report back to the community with a summary of what we heard, how the feedback is being considered and what the next steps will be.” 

Work is slated to start later this year with the station to open in 2017.

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