25 August 2010

Libs pledge action on Rowville line

The Age 24 Aug 2010 by Clay Lucas
A STATE Liberal government would move to build a railway line past Monash University to Rowville.

Opposition transport spokesman Terry Mulder yesterday said his party would commission a $2 million study to confirm the feasibility of the long-promised railway line if it wins government in November.

The line would give Monash University's 28,000 students an alternative to driving or taking the often overcrowded bus service.

Mr Mulder said the report would be completed by external engineers, and not commissioned by the Department of Transport, which has long argued against construction of the rail line. He said his party ''believes in the necessity for more heavy rail lines in Melbourne''.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula's spokesman said the government had no plan to extend the rail network to Rowville, and the opposition was merely rehashing a promise made at the 2006 state election, instead of releasing a more comprehensive transport strategy.

''The Rowville area is well serviced by an extensive bus network, which also delivers excellent public transport connections for Monash University,'' spokesman Bill Kyriakopoulos said.

Up to 5000 people a day use the Wellington Road bus, which started running in 2006. The Sunday Age revealed in April that hundreds of Monash University students often had to wait up to 45 minutes for a bus from Huntingdale railway station. Read story in full

What do you think? What about Doncaster rail too?

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