Get on Board Doncaster Rail Community Forum

21 Feb 2014

More than 130 people attended the Doncaster Rail Community Information Forum on 20 February 2014.

Speakers included Professor Graham Currie from Monash University, Tony Morton, President of the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) and Chris Trikilis from the Doncaster Rail Advocacy Steering Committee.

Community demand for public transport continues to grow, there is an ever increasing pressure on both the road network and bus system and the City of Manningham remains the only municipality in Melbourne without either train or tram services. And despite the fact that the Manningham community has been promised rail to Doncaster for 134 years, it still relies on buses as the sole form of public transport and has a heavy dependence on private vehicles.

Manningham Mayor Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos is urging the local community to get behind both Council and Doncaster Rail Advocacy Steering Committee’s call for the State Government to fast track its promise to deliver rail to Doncaster.“Now is time for the community to “get on board” and have your voice heard and support the push to ensure the promise of rail to Doncaster is finally delivered.” 

“The Doncaster Rail project has been ignored by successive governments and Council and the Doncaster Rail Advocacy Steering Committee is calling for bipartisan support for the project to be delivered within fifteen years. The provision of rail between Doncaster and the inner city would provide a quick, efficient and very viable alternative mode of public transport that would remove thousands of cars from the Eastern Freeway and local roads during the morning and afternoon peaks, and relieve pressure on the bus network that competes for road space with private commuter vehicles.

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