The Eastern Transport Coalition has written to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government urging the Albanese Government to deliver on its promise to fund a business case for a Trackless Rapid Transit service from Caulfield to Rowville.

The commitment was made in November 2021 by Minister Catherine King when the ALP was still in opposition.

In a letter to the Minister, Cr Stuart James, Chair of the Eastern Transport Coalition wrote:
“In November 2021, you announced that an Albanese Labor Government will fund a business case into an option for a Trackless Rapid Transit service from Caulfield to Rowville.

“The proposal has been welcomed by local communities and stakeholders for its potential to alleviate congestion on freeways and major roads throughout the east, and its capacity to improve access to jobs and services by providing a cost-effective transport link between Caulfield and Rowville.

“With the Federal Election now complete, and Labor forming Government, we seek your prioritising delivery of this commitment to allow this project to be fully assessed, and to guide best choice of infrastructure to service the transport needs of one of Melbourne’s busiest corridors.

“In particular we urge you to meet with your Victorian state counterpart, The Hon Jacinta Allan MP to finalise arrangements between your two governments to allow the business case preparation to commence as soon as possible.

“Provision of a quality, high-capacity public transport option between Caulfield and Rowville is well overdue and will deliver substantial benefits for to commuters, residents, businesses and the broader community throughout Melbourne’s east.

Cr James, on behalf of ETC, also congratulated Minister King on her appointment to the new Federal Cabinet, and the portfolio of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.