The Eastern Transport Coalition has welcomed the fact that the Federal Government is now contributing to the funding of urban public transport but called on both Federal and State Government to consider a plan for the future that includes improved rail in the Melbourne’s east.

ETC Chairperson Cr Samantha Dunn said that the ETC had campaigned for Federal funding for urban public transport and was very pleased that it was now happening.

“Two years ago we commissioned a survey of 1000 voters in the outer east and found that 62% of respondents said it was not acceptable that the Federal Government provided funding for major roads but not for public transport infrastructure.

“We welcome the application of funding for the expansion of rail in the western suburbs and
the funds to plan the first stage of the Metro.

“Whilst this work goes on we would like serious consideration given to the extension of rail to Rowville, Doncaster as well as timelines established to plan for the increase of capacity on the Ringwood/Belgrave/Lilydale line. “Planning for the Metro must also include the segment of the project that would connect Domain with Caulfield as it will help provide the increase in capacity needed on the Dandenong line into the future.

“It is particularly disappointing that neither the Federal nor State Governments have ever given a reason why we can’t extend rail to Rowville via Monash University. The ETC made submissions to the Eddington Review, the Victorian Transport Plan and Infrastructure Australia and despite repeated commitments in previous years to conduct a proper feasibility study nothing has ever happened.

“The ETC will now consider what it can do to have rail to Rowville transparently assessed,” Cr Dunn concluded.

For media inquiries please contact;
ETC Chairperson Cr Samantha Dunn 0407 364 509
CPR Communications, Robert Larocca 0409 198 350