The Victorian Government’s 2011–12 Victorian Budget made a $6.5 million commitment over two years for the Doncaster heavy rail link planning study. The study is examining various routes for a rail line linking Doncaster to the city, including station locations, and how best to connect communities.
Three route options have been unveiled and are grouped into three distinct themes:
Rapid Transit – a rail corridor following the Eastern Freeway, with widely spaced stations incorporating parking and bus interchanges.
Local Access – a rail tunnel corridor following Doncaster Road/High Street via Kew Junction, with stations located to maximise the number of passengers who can walk to the station.
Orbital Network – a rail connection from Doncaster Hill to Box Hill station utilising the existing rail connection to the CBD. This could become the first step in a long term orbital rail network for Melbourne.
The details of these route options are available in study update 3.
You can get more information on the study by visiting the project website. The study team is keen to hear your views and a range of options are provided on the website to encourage your feedback. These include an electronic feedback form, a forum to discuss with other community members, a Facebook page and Twitter feed.