Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
Shortlisted Options For Doncaster Rail Released
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder is encouraging people to have their say on the latest findings of the Doncaster Rail Study.
Community workshops in March will update residents on the progress of the study and gauge community views as part of the Doncaster Rail Study.
“Over the past four months, the study team has engaged with a number of local councils, residents and businesses to understand issues associated with a heavy rail line to Doncaster.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The study team has shortlisted some potential corridor options which will be presented at community workshops later this month.”
“Shortlisted options include a rail line along the Eastern Freeway, a rail line via Kew Junction and Doncaster Road and a rail link between Doncaster and Box Hill, which would be the first step towards building an ultimate outer orbital rail line.” Mr. Mulder said.
The workshops will take place in Richmond, North Balwyn and Doncaster between 22 and 29 March 2012. The study team will present on the shortlisted corridor options and be available to discuss the detail and rationale for the corridor selection process.
Member for Doncaster Mary Wooldridge said she welcomed community input into the study.
“Providing opportunities for people to have their say about a future rail line to Doncaster is critical in shaping the study’s final presentations.” Ms. Wooldridge said.
“I encourage all interested residents to attend one of the workshops, or to give their feedback online.”
Mr. Mulder said the study was an independent investigation of a heavy rail line between Doncaster and the Melbourne CBD, with options east of Doncaster to be considered.
“There is a number of complex land use, environmental, construction and operational considerations that need to be fully investigated before final recommendations can be made.” Mr. Mulder said.
The Victorian Coalition Government has provided $6.5 Million to investigate options for a high-quality heavy rail link to Doncaster. The independent Doncaster Rail Study commenced in October 2011 with a preferred route to be recommended in mid to late 2012.