MP says city should consider moving railway station to Deakin

End of the line: Western District MP James Purcell has suggested re-locating the Warrnambool train station to Deakin: "A coastal town rather than a coastal town cut off from the coast."
End of the line: Western District MP James Purcell has suggested re-locating the Warrnambool train station to Deakin: "A coastal town rather than a coastal town cut off from the coast."

Moving Warrnambool’s railway station from the city to Deakin University was floated by Western District MP James Purcell on Tuesday.

Warrnambool station: "Deakin is probably the right place because you can have a decent car park there, you’ve already got the platform and everything else."

Warrnambool station: "Deakin is probably the right place because you can have a decent car park there, you’ve already got the platform and everything else."

Mr Purcell raised the idea on radio and told The Standard that Deakin would be a good location for a new station.

“I think if you did the work, Deakin is probably the right place because you can have a decent car park there, you’ve already got the platform and everything else, so there’s plenty of area and it’s on the highway so you don’t need to think about access,” he said.

“I think it is something we do need to look at, linking the city into the port and the beach so that it becomes a coastal town rather than a coastal town cut off from the coast.

“I think we need to have a longer term plan for the city rather than just short-term actions.

“I have discussed it with a number of people but I haven’t done anything ... because it’s something the council need to look at with long-term planning rather than state politicians.”