Doncaster Rail works won’t begin until 2026, says PTV

The Weekly Review Eastern: Doncaster Rail works won’t begin until 2026, says PTV. Luke Henriques-Gomes. 29 October 2014

UPDATE: The findings of the $6.5 million Doncaster rail study were revealed by the state government on Tuesday, following pressure from public transport advocates and Manningham Council.

In its response to the report, also released on Tuesday, Public Transport Victoria said: “The Doncaster Rail Study uses 2021 as the earliest possible commencement date for a Doncaster rail line.”

“However, given the need to build capacity in the inner-core of the rail network as a priority, and before any new rail lines are added, a Doncaster rail line would not be delivered prior to the completion of the Melbourne Rail Link in 2026.”

The study’s final report, led by engineering firm GRS, confirms many of the recommendations in the draft report, which was released in March last year. Continue Reading…

East-west link: Manningham Council calls for rail link to Doncaster

The Weekly Review Eastern: East-west link: Manningham Council calls for rail link to Doncaster. Luke Henriques-Gomes 20 October 2014

Manningham Council has weighed into the east-west link debate, arguing that rail to Doncaster should come before the state government’s 6.6-kilometre cross-city road project.

It comes amid concerns the future of the long-proposed railway remains unclear only weeks out from the state election.

The council’s Doncaster rail advocacy committee last week unveiled a petition with more than 4000 signatures outside state parliament. Manningham mayor Jim Grivokostopoulos said the rail line “must take priority over road-based infrastructure projects, such as the proposed east-west link”.

The draft report of a feasibility study into the project was released in March last year. The final report has not yet surfaced. Continue Reading…

Doncaster bus ride invitation from Greens rejected by Daniel Andrews

Manningham Leader: Doncaster bus ride invitation from Greens rejected by Daniel Andrews. Anna Chisholm. 16 October 2014

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews was happy to join the queue at Huntingdale bus station earlier this year but is refusing a Greens invitation to ride a crowded bus service from Doncaster to the city.

Greens Leader Greg Barber challenged Mr Andrews to experience the daily squeeze on a Transdev bus service from the Doncaster Park and Ride, after an overhaul of the system earlier this year.

Mr Barber said Labor should be supporting alternative transport like Doncaster Rail or improved bus services after backing away from the East West Link.

Mr Andrews’s refusal comes as private bus company SuitJet prepares its first run from Templestowe to the CBD on Monday. Continue Reading…

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