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YARRA Council has called for the release of first phase findings of the Doncaster Rail Study to help balance debate around Melbourne's future.
Yarra Mayor, Jackie Fristacky said she had written to state Transport Minister, Terry Mulder seeking the release of the report to better inform the public into transport and planning considerations.
"Access to the study would facilitate informed responses to the Government’s planning discussion paper Melbourne, Let’s talk about the future, due by 1 March 2013," Cr Fristacky said.
Yarra Council has been campaigning for the creation of a rail link to Doncaster instead of an underground east west road tunnel.
The Doncaster rail report is expected to identify a preferred rail alignment for a Doncaster rail line and recommendations for further work.
Cr Fristacky said the report was a vital "next step" to developing a business case for a Doncaster Rail.
"A Doncaster Rail with effective feeder bus and tram services would remove 800 vehicles from the road per train – and carry over 100,000 passengers a day.
"It should be planned to link to the proposed Metro rail station at Carlton-Parkville to enable direct access to the University-Medical precinct, and thence to the CBD," she said.
Cr Fristacky said the State Government’s proposed east west tunnel would cost in excess of $10 billion, effectively depleting the state of essential funds for vital public transport improvements, while exacerbating inner city traffic problems through induced traffic.
In comparison, she said the Doncaster rail could be built for around $1 billion.
This article first appeared on melbourne-leader.whereilive.com.au
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