Coaches have temporarily replaced trains at Kilmore East Station as upgrade works commence.

WORKS have commenced at Kilmore East Station as part of a $1 million State Government upgrade project.

Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll said the first stage of works had begun at the station on December 30 and would continue into 2021.

Among the works set to be completed are a repainting of the station’s façade and landscaping works around the station precinct.

Upgrades will be made to the car park for passengers with accessibility needs to help improve access to and from the station.

The station’s lighting is also set to be upgraded and planning is underway for an upgraded shelter, improved public announcement system on the station platform, and refurbished bathroom amenities.

The full package of works is expected to be completed later this year once detailed design work is completed.

Mr Carroll said the project was part of the government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government has committed $328.4 million towards public transport and roads maintenance and upgrades across the state.

“We’re hitting the ground running with these important projects – supporting regional communities that need it most and ramping up our response to the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr Carroll said.

“We continue to see growth in the north-east area so we’re delivering upgrades that passengers have asked for to help improve their travel experience.”

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said crews would continue to follow strict COVID-19 protocols, as set out by the Department of Health and Human Services, while completing the works.

“These improvements are about helping to provide a more comfortable, accessible and safer journey for passengers and will also help keep our local economy moving as we recover from the coronavirus crisis,” she said.

“It’s important we look after our station precincts so they continue to serve the needs of passengers, and communities can also feel proud to welcome visitors to the region.”