Greens kick-start Doncaster Rail

Monday, September 15, 2014

Victorian Greens Eastern Metropolitan candidate Samantha Dunn has pledged to develop a business case and detailed engineering study for Doncaster Rail. 

“These first steps will allow construction to commence in the next term of parliament,” Samantha Dunn said.  

“Melbourne’s eastern suburbs desperately need better public transport. Rail services from Westfield Doncaster to the city would only take 20 minutes and provide a genuine alternative to car travel.

“Each train could remove 800 cars from the road, which is badly needed with peak-hour traffic at gridlock along the Eastern Freeway.

“With trains running from Doncaster to the city, including stations at Fitzroy and Melbourne University, the benefits of this project are enormous.

“The Greens believe $300 million will cover the detailed planning and design required to take this project to the next stage, allowing construction to commence in the next term of parliament.“

“Doncaster Rail proposals date back to the Railway Construction Bill, which was brought before Parliament in June 1890. We have waited long enough.

“This Government was elected to deliver Doncaster Rail and better public transport, but has become besotted by the $18 billion east-west toll road. Denis Napthine might have forgotten why his party was elected, but the Greens understand the importance of this project and will make it a reality,” Sam Dunn said.

Contact Sam Dunn - 0429 292 904