Work to begin this month on new Southland railway station

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CONSTRUCTION of the Southland railway station is set to begin later this month with an opening date set for the end of 2017.

Earlier this year designs for the $21m station were finalised more than five years after it was first promised.

Station designs show ramp and stair access to two platforms, an automated toilet, pedestrian underpass, platform seating and shelter, CCTV cameras and Protective Services Officers facilities.

It is expected 4400 passengers will use the Frankston Railway Line station situated between Highett and Cheltenham stations.

Plans for the station show it will back onto 10 Tulip Grove properties, which has raised concern from local residents.

It is not clear if screens will be erected at the station to shield the properties that back it.

Public Transport Victoria spokesman Jake McLaughlan said the authority had bought the property at 60 Tulip Grove for a possible future station access point.

"This option will be reviewed in the long-term should there be a need for another access point," he said.

Coleman Rail, who has previously worked on the Richmond railway station canopies and the Brunswick tram depot, has been awarded the contract to build the station.

Preparatory works for the station were completed earlier this year including drainage and signalling works.

Sections of rail track near the station construction site have also been raised to provide a straight track for the new station.

Bentleigh state Labor MP Nick Staikos said the station would get locals home safer and sooner every day.

"The new station will provide direct access to Southland by train for thousands of shoppers and staff, reducing local traffic congestion and pressure on parking."

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