MELBOURNE’S trains will become so overcrowded passengers will be increasingly left behind during peak hour, unless work on an underground city rail tunnel begins within two years.
State government documents obtained by The Sunday Age reveal that unless work begins soon on the so-called ”Melbourne Metro” rail project, several of the city’s busiest train lines will come under further strain because the number of passengers will outstrip services.
”In the event of no further infrastructure being provided, all corridors except Sandringham will have significant overcrowding … by 2020. Moreover, it is anticipated that crowding will be so severe on the Werribee, Sunbury and Dandenong lines some passengers will be unable to board the trains in the critical peak hour,” business case documents reveal.
The long-awaited Melbourne Metro project involves building a nine-kilometre tunnel across the inner city, with five new underground stations between South Kensington and South Yarra: Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.
The Baillieu government regards the project as one of its top infrastructure priorities after the east-west link, an 18-kilometre road connecting the Eastern Freeway and the Western Ring Road…
Farrah Tomazin, The Age, December 2, 2012