I raised an Adjournment Matter regarding South Yarra Station in Parliament on 14 April.
Adjournment Matter- 14 April
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek from the minister is to upgrade the South Yarra railway station. South Yarra station is one of Melbourne's busiest and most overcrowded stations, with commuters having only one crowded entrance to access the station, train services that are full on arrival at South Yarra and a dangerous unmarked pedestrian crossing at busy Yarra Street. South Yarra station already struggles to cope with 8000 daily commuters. With South Yarra's population forecast to grow by more than 10 000 people in the next 15 years, half of them coming from the Forrest Hill precinct next door, things are only going to get worse.
It is appropriate to have high-density living in areas such as Forrest Hill, but there must be investment in services to meet population growth. Not only has this investment not occurred under successive state governments but twice now under both Liberal and Labor the planning minister has at the stroke of a pen changed the planning rules to approve towers far beyond what the local planning scheme allowed for.
This year the government has announced two major rail projects — Melbourne Metro and Dandenong — worth billions of dollars that will provide new stations, yet the overcrowded South Yarra station has been ignored, and in the case of Melbourne Metro bypassed altogether. The South Yarra railway station urgently needs improved access to help ease the squeeze. It needs a second entrance at the northern end to service the growing number of commuters from Forest Hill, an interchange with the Melbourne Metro rail project to ensure that there are enough services to meet growing demand, increased connectivity to the rest of the rail network, a secure bike storage cage so cyclists no longer have to chain their bikes to railings on the footpath and safer pedestrian crossings.