Doncaster Rail Study Released

Date: 
22 Mar 2013

Manningham Council has expressed its disappointment in the results of a study released by the State Government on 14 March that has recommended a rail line along the Eastern Freeway, connecting the Doncaster Park-and-Ride with the Hurstbridge line at Collingwood as the preferred route for a Doncaster rail line. The Doncaster Rail Study’s Phase One draft report, prepared by consultants URS, says the preferred Doncaster rail alignment could be expected to carry 56,000 passengers per day by 2031and is estimated to cost between $3 billion and $5 billion, in today’s dollars. Manningham Council believes a route that extends to Doncaster Hill would be the preferable option.

The Doncaster rail line would start at the Doncaster Park-and-Ride, and would pass under the Eastern Freeway to a station at Thompsons Rd in Bulleen, then cross into the freeway median and on to a station at the Chandler Highway in Kew. The new rail line would then pass under the freeway and connect into the Hurstbridge line at Collingwood station, with trains continuing into the city on the existing tracks.

The ‘rapid transit’ alignment was selected from six options over routes which were constructed entirely in tunnels via local suburbs and a link from Doncaster to the CBD via Box Hill. The draft report also identifies a number of rail network capacity challenges that would need to be addressed before a rail line to Doncaster could be introduced. These challenges include measures to increase the number of trains that can be run on the busy South Morang and Hurstbridge group of lines.

For more information or to make a submission (by 14 June), visit www.doncasterrailstudy.com, or visit the Doncaster Rail Study media release on the Manningham Council website.