Warragul train travellers can look forward to using the new car park - part of the $26-million redevelopment of the railway station precinct - by the end of next year.
That was the prediction of Thiess general manager Rod Heale last week when it was announced his company had won the State government contract for the project and to build an underpass underneath the railway lines linking Normanby Place and Alfred St.
He said he expected the underpass would be ready for traffic about six months after the car park and associated works at the station were completed.
The much anticipated contract sign-off was announced last Wednesday by State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood before Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, Mr Heale, Baw Baw shire councillors, representatives of Public Transport Victoria and VicRoads and a number of local community members at a brief ceremony at the station.
The State government is contributing $22.7 million to the total cost and the Federal government more than $4.3 million.
Mr Heale said machinery and workers would move onto the site to start work "soon after Christmas".
Local sub-contractors, suppliers and tradespeople are in line to share in the benefits with Mr Heale telling The Gazette up to 60 "local tradies and subbies" could be involved.