Stations get Myki boost

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THE government is overhauling scores of suburban train stations, adding more myki readers in a bid to reduce queues at exits. But commuters using Windsor and Balaclava will have to wait.

Work is being done to install 150 additional myki readers at 65 stations. Some of the stations will be renovated to remove bottlenecks.

Sandringham line stations Balaclava and Windsor were not listed.

South Yarra, Caulfield, Box Hill and Glenferrie were included in a Transport Ticketing Authority list of the 10 busiest stations for February, but work on these stations is not slated to begin until later this year.

Metcard gates will be replaced by myki gates.

Five of the 10 busiest stations were on the City Loop.

The government has already installed 150 readers and reconfigured 51 suburban stations, including Prahran and Ripponlea.

Gardenvale, North Brighton and Brighton Beach are on a list of stations set to receive more myki machines or have exits altered.

TTA chief executive Bernie Carolan said many stations were designed at a time when numbers were far lower.

He said patronage on Melbourne’s trains had risen by 58 per cent in the past six years.

Public Transport Users Association president Daniel Bowen said the station changes “made sense”.

He said major work would be needed at some stations to reduce queue lengths.

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