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ELECTRIFIED train lines and road upgrades have topped a transport priorities list from six councils in the West.
The Western Region Councils group, made up of the Maribyrnong, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay City Councils, met with VicRoads and the Department of Transport earlier this month to earmark the transport needs of each municipality.
In a joint submission, the councils emphasised the need for more and better quality public transport.
“It is paramount that new and existing services deliver a broader geographical and timetable coverage that provide an integrated service with better connections, higher frequency and reliability that serves most residents,” the submission read.
The electrification of the Caroline Springs and Tarneit train lines topped Brimbank and Wyndham City Council’s wish list.
Brimbank wants the works completed within the next decade, as well as upgrades to the Calder Freeway between the Western Ring Road and the Melton Highway and the completion of the Palmers Rd corridor link.
Wyndham City Council wants an extension of electrified services on the Werribee line to link up with the Tarneit line and new stations at Point Cook, Werribee West and Derrimut Rd.
The council has also called for interchange ramps on Duncans Rd and the realignment of the Old Geelong Rd and Forsyth Rd intersection.
Moonee Valley has highlighted improvements to Moonee Ponds Junction as its most pressing issue and has called on the State Government to look into a possible Melbourne Airport train line.
Maribyrnong City Council made no road demands but has asked for more frequent train services through Sunshine and Footscray and North Melbourne and the City Loop.
Maribyrnong also want a bus interchange at Footscray Station, new bus lanes on arterial roads and trams from Footscray to the city.
Hobson’s Bay Council flagged the Point Cook Rd upgrade between Dunnings Rd to Skeleton Creek as its biggest need and has called for maintenance and landscaping along arterial roads and freeways.
The submission comes two months after the Western Region Councils gave their thoughts on the Sir Rod Eddington East West Link Needs Assessment report.
The six councils supported the Footscray to Caulfield rail tunnel in their Eddington submission and called for the electrification of the Sunbury and Melton lines to be fast-tracked. The east-west road link was also supported by most councils.
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