The proposal for a station to serve Southland has been around for a while. Daniel Bowen a short time back set out some of the recent history here. However, at present, things seem to be moving slowly, as indicated in the report here.
I am following this with a certain amount of self-interest. I am not a great fan of shopping centres, but for better or for worse, it's occasionally convenient to visit one. Chadstone is not too far from us, but it's a bit of a challenge to get there by public transport. Hence, when we go there, we drive. There are a few public transport options, but even the simplest involves taking a train and then a bus. And in spite of rumblings in the media, there doesn't appear to be much prospect of any change to this in the foreseeable future.
However, if a station were to be built at Southland, it would be simple train ride to get there, about 10 stations down the line. As the
timetable is presently configured, the trains that stop at our station
would also stop at Southland. Moreover, during the day (including
weekends) it's a 10 minute frequency. The only catch is that
travelling to Southland would involve going into zone 2, which would be
slightly more expensive than a local trip (but if you're on a Seniors card....).
All that it would take is for the politicians to decide to get on with it!