Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
Rowville Rail Moves Ahead
Victor P Taffa
Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder have announced the next stage of the feasibility work for a Rowville rail line.
Releasing the Stage 1 Rowville Rail Study Final Report Premier Baillieu said this report confirmed that a Rowville rail line could be feasible after improvements to the Dandenong rail corridor capacity and the Metro Melbourne rail tunnel project were delivered.
“The Coalition Government will now commence work to plan the future alignment of a Rowville rail line.” Premier Baillieu said.
Mr. Mulder said the report was the most comprehensive investigation ever undertaken into the feasibility of a rail line to Rowville.
The stage one final report recommends further work for a preferred alignment that runs from Huntingdale Station along the median of Wellington Road to terminate in the vicinity of Stud Park. It includes above-ground and tunnelled sections, as well as options for four new stations at:
- Monash University,
- Waverley Park,
- Rowville (Stud Park)
“The report provides government with a greater understanding on a range of important aspects such as construction, operational, land use and environmental considerations.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The Coalition Government recognises the importance of improving public transport for communities in Melbourne’s east and measures we have introduced include the successful 601 bus providing a frequent express bus service to Monash University from Huntingdale station.” Mr. Mulder said.
Treasurer and Member for Scoresby Kim Wells said the report made it clear that the Dandenong Rail Capacity and Melbourne Metro projects were required before a Rowville Rail line could be delivered.
“Labor’s failure to invest in Victoria’s public transport network has created a significant infrastructure backlog.” Mr. Wells said.
“The Coalition Government is delivering a record infrastructure investment, however Commonwealth funding will be essential to address Victoria’s infrastructure backlog and achieve maximum economic and liveability benefits.”
“The Coalition Government requested funding for the Dandenong Rail Capacity project and the Melbourne Metro project in its 2011 and 2012 Infrastructure Australia submissions.” Mr. Wells said.
Ferntree Gully MP Nick Wakeling said a Rowville rail line was first proposed in 1969 but the Coalition Government was the first government to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study for a Rowville rail line.
“In 1999 the previous Labor Government promised a full feasibility study for a Rowville rail line, and it was one of Labor’s many broken promises to the outer east community.” Mr. Wakeling said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to improving public transport services in the east.”
The independent study, which commenced in mid-2011, ran over twelve months and was undertaken by Sinclair Knight Merz. The study involved a series of technical investigations and extensive consultation with the community, including feedback on a draft report released in March last year.