No plans for General Motors Holden station in Dandenong South

The
“ghost” General Motors Holden train station at Dandenong South will not be
upgraded or demolished, Public Transport Victoria has said.

The
station served the GMH factory, which opened in 1956 and closed in 1991. Before
it shut, the factory was a joint venture operation producing both Toyota
Corollas and Holden Novas.

“We
have not received any complaints about the state of the disused station, nor
about the graffiti on-site, since Metro took over the franchise in November
2009,” said Andrea Duckworth of Public Transport Victoria.

The Public Transport Users Association of Victoria has long campaigned for the
refurbishment and reopening of the station, with a “large number of
industrial sites” nearby. It exists on the Pakenham line.

“If
access can be resolved by providing pedestrian access to nearby streets and
factories, and trains more regularly serve the station, there is potential for
local workers to use it,” Daniel Bowen of the PTUA told The Dandenong Leader.

No
trains stop at the station, which has been leased to Metro Trains. Its two platforms are littered with graffiti and weeds, though the signal room is still
operational.

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