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WHITTLESEA Council has confirmed contact from Public Transport Victoria about a Mernda rail extension.
Mayor Mary Lalios said a PTV project team had liaised with council planners and engineers over the past couple of months to obtain advice about a potential Mernda rail extension.
“Council officers have provided information about the current and likely development plans for areas where PTV is considering a rail station, including access requirements and where VicRoads may need to be involved, which will assist PTV in evaluating options,’’ Cr Lalios said.
he said PTV was also considering the provision of a temporary gravel carpark of between 250 to 350 spaces, to accommodate the parking overflow at the South Morang railway station.
“In a presentation by the Transport Minister (Terry Mulder) at last week’s Metropolitan Transport Forum, it was clear that there was no road or public transport funding for the north,’’ Cr Lalios said.
“The questions remain — what do these preliminary assessments mean? Will a commitment follow?”
ACCESS DENIED ON AGENDA
VICTORIA’S major political parties can’t ignore Access Denied’s momentum.
The campaign was front and centre during question time at the Melbourne Town Hall transport forum on August 14 at which Labor, Liberal and Greens representatives answered questions regarding public transport.
It was clear the MPs knew about Access Denied, despite giving no commitment to build a rail extension to Mernda and access ramps at the O’Herns Rd/Hume Freeway interchange in Epping North.
The panel of politicians comprised Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder (Liberal), Opposition public transport spokeswoman Jill Hennessy (Labor) and Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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