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Yarra calls for release of Doncaster Rail Study
07 December 2012
Yarra Council is calling on the State Government to release the first phase findings of the two-year $6.5 million Doncaster Rail Study conducted by conultants, URS.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky said she had written to Transport Minister, Terry Mulder seeking release of the report to enable informed public input into transport and planning considerations.
“Access to the study would facilitate informed responses to the Government’s planning discussion paper Melbourne, Let’s talk about the future, due by 1 March 2013,” Cr Fristacky said.
It is expected the report, which the Minister has had since August, will identify a preferred rail alignment for a Doncaster rail line and recommendations for further work. Cr Fristacky described the report as a vital “next step” to developing a business case for a Doncaster Rail.
Phase two of the study will develop more detailed proposals subject to the findings of Phase One and be completed in 2012- 2013.
Yarra Mayor, Jackie Fristacky said the findings of the study were of major public interest, particularly to residents of the six Melbourne municipalities supporting the Doncaster rail project.
“Securing investment in a Doncaster Rail line and sustainable transport solutions is a major priority for Yarra Council.”
“A Doncaster Rail with effective feeder bus and tram services would remove 800 vehicles from the road per train – and carry over 100,000 passengers a day!” “It should be planned to link to the proposed Metro rail station at Carlton-Parkville to enable direct access to the University-Medical precinct, and thence to the CBD.”
Cr Fristacky said Yarra Council remained vigorously opposed to the State Government’s proposed east west tunnel. This would cost in excess of $10 billion, effectively depleting the state of essential funds for vital public transport improvements, while exacerbating inner city traffic problems through induced traffic.
In comparison, Doncaster rail could be built for around $1 billion.
“There is no doubt that Doncaster Rail is a cleaner, faster, safer and more sensible option than just building more roads and freeways,” she said. “It would contribute substantially to productivity through reducing congestion, travel time, travel costs and traffic accidents”.
“Investing in public transport is really the only viable and sustainable solution to Melbourne’s congestion generated from the eastern suburbs.”
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