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THE State Government’s multi-billion-dollar rail announcement has reinvigorated calls for a Rowville rail link from Huntingdale Railway Station.
The link would run from Huntingdale to Rowville and include three new train stations in Monash.
Monash Mayor Geoff Lake said the Government’s commitment to upgrade the Pakenham and Cranbourne rail lines ought to renew momentum for Rowville rail.
“The Government has said that level crossings need to be removed along the Dandenong corridor before the Rowville train line project can get underway,” Cr Lake said.
“Given these level crossings are now going to be removed, that removes a major barrier to delivering the Rowville train project.”
But Government spokeswoman Jess Maguire said the Rowville rail link was also dependent on other public transport upgrades, including to the city loop.
“Despite this package, the Rowville rail is still reliant on the delivery of the Metro Rail Capacity Project to create additional capacity within the centre of the network,” Ms Maguire said.
Ms Maguire said the final stage of a report into Rowville rail, which was due for release at the end of last year, was still under consideration.
Eastern Transport Coalition spokesman Peter Lockwood said the Government needed to accelerate work on the Metro rail project so that timelines for subsequent projects could be brought forward.
“They’re saying Rowville Rail and Doncaster Rail are (due) 2025-2050, which is far too long in the future,” Mr Lockwood said.
Public transport user Jeremy de Korte said the Government should have made provisions for a Rowville rail link in its multi-billion-dollar rail project.
A ROWVILLE rail link would start at Huntingdale and would include three new stations in Monash
THE link is dependent on upgrades to the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, and the Metro Rail Capacity Project
THE State Government has promised to upgrade the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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