Friday, 18 February, 2011

The Eastern Transport Coalition (ETC) has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a $2 million feasibility study into the construction of the Rowville Rail Link.

The study will examine a range of issues related to the proposed project, including its construction, operation, land use and potential environmental impacts.

ETC Chairperson Councillor Samantha Dunn said the funding announcement was a great win for public transport in the outer east.

 “For years the ETC has been advocating for more rail links in the outer east to provide residents with increased and improved public transport options,” Cr Dunn said.

 “It’s great to see the government listening to our concerns on the need for more rail extensions in the outer east, which would help ease congestion while providing more affordable transport alternatives,” she said.

“The ETC believes provision of extra rail links is essential to help solve Melbourne’s public transport issues. We look forward to participating in the feasibility study, and hope to see a similar study undertaken on a rail extension to Doncaster in the very near future.”

The ETC is made up of seven eastern suburban councils, and represents the public transport needs of more than one million residents.