Possible Toolern Railway Station.

 
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

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Not sure if this has been mentioned elsewhere? Interesting to see a feasibility study into a new Toolern station, but nothing on Caroline Springs? (Bit of a misleading title on the Shire of Melton's site, too...) Not much in it at this stage of course and really, until Toolern gets a bit more underway, there's nothing besides the Harness Racing Centre and the Industrial Estate to service at the moment.

Melton Shire welcomes funding for Toolern Rail Station

MEDIA RELEASE - 10 May 2012

Melton Shire Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s 2012-13 Budget announcement of $125,000 in funding for a feasibility study to help plan for a rail station in the Toolern precinct.

The proposed rail station would be to service people moving into the Atherstone housing development and surrounding areas. The funding is from the Federal Government’s Liveable Cities program, designed to encourage greater productivity, sustainability and liveability.

The feasibility study will assess the options and costs of the proposed rail station.

Melton Shire Council Mayor, Cr Justin Mammarella JP said the funding was very encouraging news.

“The need for early infrastructure delivery to meet the needs of our growing population is a critical issue for our Council.

“This funding will allow us to continue planning so that this significant piece of infrastructure can be delivered when required.”

Council is also pleased that the Federal Government has committed to continue funding the vital Roads to Recovery program through to 2018-19.

Other positive announcements include the budget surplus identified which will lay the foundation for possible future interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank and the bringing forward of financial assistance grants which will assist Council in cash flow terms.

Cr Mammarella: “These are very positive announcements however there is more still to be done and Council will continue advocating to both the State and Federal governments on our key issues of health, transport, employment opportunities and support for growth to help meet the needs of our residents.”

DISCLAIMER:
The information on this page is a media release issued by Melton Shire Council and was current and correct at the date of publication.

Source: http://www.melton.vic.gov.au/page/page.asp?page_Id=2845



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  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I think this is a fair way off, like you suggested. My best guess would be it would be a part of any future duplication and electrification projects. Cranbourne included Merinda Park, Sydenham included Keilor Pains, Craigieburn included Roxburgh Park, and at a guess, Melton would include 'Toolern'.

Actually seeing the way things are progressing at the moment, you could probably include Caroline Springs with any Melton Electrification and probably expect completion in about 20 years.
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

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I think this is a fair way off, like you suggested. My best guess would be it would be a part of any future duplication and electrification projects. Cranbourne included Merinda Park, Sydenham included Keilor Pains, Craigieburn included Roxburgh Park, and at a guess, Melton would include 'Toolern'.

Actually seeing the way things are progressing at the moment, you could probably include Caroline Springs with any Melton Electrification and probably expect completion in about 20 years.
"Gman_86"


Probably makes the most sense, as they'll just find there's not enough patronage to justify it until Toolern actually gets underway anyway... Could tell them that now and save a few hundred thousand dollars. I certainly wasn't holding my breath on Toolern of course, but it would be good to get an additional station within the eastern 'corridor', in addition to Caroline Springs.

That's pretty much it, things are moving along at glacial pace, so that timeline is probably almost too short! Smile

At least it's "progress" for public transport in the Shire of Melton, right. Laughing

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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

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Does anyone know where the new station will be located
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
EARLY proposals have it situated just on the down side of the Ferris Rd level crossing. There isn't much there now, but there will be a housing estate going up in the next few years.
  wolfpac Minister for Railways

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EARLY proposals have it situated just on the down side of the Ferris Rd level crossing. There isn't much there now, but there will be a housing estate going up in the next few years.
"Gman_86"

Makes the most sense, Toolern will be massive, apparently, when it gets under way.

Add in the Harness Racing track and there's potential for plenty of passengers to justify the station. Would be good to keep any extra peak-hour type traffic out of the middle of Melton and off Station Rd/Exford Rd.

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