The Eastern Transport Coalition today welcomed the long-awaited final report into a Rowville Rail line and the Baillieu Government’s subsequent commitment to proceed with the second stage of the feasibility study.
ETC Chairperson, Cr Samantha Dunn said the State Government’s acknowledgement that a Rowville Rail line is feasible was an important step forward.
"Mr Baillieu has said that his government would now begin planning the future alignment of a Rowville rail line – that is great news and we look forward to seeing the details about how the project will now progress," Cr Dunn said.
"If the government is indeed serious about delivering a quality, integrated public transport system for Melbourne then it needs to commit funding, set timelines for work to begin, and secure land need for the project."
According to the report, a Rowville rail line could follow the central median of North Road and Wellington Road from Huntingdale to Stud Road, and then turn north to terminate at Stud Park. Four new stations would be provided at Monash University, Mulgrave, Waverley Park and Rowville.
The report also noted that planning and construction could take another 7-8 years, and would depend on other projects being completed including the Dandenong rail corridor upgrade and the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel.
There was also recognition that bus services would need to be increased to cope with current demand while planning for the train line continues.
Cr Dunn called on the State and Federal Governments to commit funding and work through the issues to get the line built as soon as possible.
"The project has already been in the too-hard basket for 40 years. Delaying further will only exacerbate costs, road congestion and land use issues," she said.
"The feasibility study showed that the community was overwhelmingly in favour of the rail line and the many positive benefits it would bring, particularly for those trying to access Monash University. We urge the Government to take the next step and get the railway line built."
The ETC is made up of seven eastern suburban councils, and represents the public transport needs of more than one million residents.
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