Can the Doncaster and Rowville line instead be a future orbital rail line

 
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

You could start adding branches to Rowville/Monash Uni and Doncaster together as one rail line connecting at Boxhill and Westall as part of a future orbital rail line any time. This not only save money but future proof the possible need for a full orbital rail line in the far future. Also doesn't affect the existing infrastructure in place.

Once the Melbourne's rail system is segregate into seperate lines then might be a good idea trying to connect it up with orbital rail where there are major economic centres. But since Doncaster and Rowville branches already completed it will be much easier to extend the orbital line, to the south into Mordialloc and to the north Heidelburg. Then as part of stage 2 can extend from Heideburg to Reservoir to Highpoint shopping centre and then to Sunshine. Finally part of orbital rail is to quad between Sunshine and Deer park  use the existing RRL tracks and electrify it, divert it via Truganina and connect it to Williamslanding and extend it into the centre of Point Cook.

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  jamesadams7 Station Master

As someone who actually lives in the Doncaster area and work on the Doncaster Rail campaign, I completely disagree. The Doncaster Rail Study showed that an orbital option would attract very little patronage and was not feasible.

Most commuters are travelling between Doncaster and the city, therefore that is where the train should run. If commuters were required to take a train to Box Hill, then transfer to a train to the city, it'd be slower than the current DART buses which run along the freeway and bus lanes on Hoddle St/Victoria Pde. A reservation already exists as far as Bulleen, and tunnelling would only be required from the freeway to Doncaster Hill, a much shorter distance than Box Hill to Doncaster Hill which would require a tunnel the whole length. Therefore, the city-Doncaster option would likely be cheaper than a branch line and attract higher levels of patronage
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

As someone who actually lives in the Doncaster area and work on the Doncaster Rail campaign, I completely disagree. The Doncaster Rail Study showed that an orbital option would attract very little patronage and was not feasible.

Most commuters are travelling between Doncaster and the city, therefore that is where the train should run. If commuters were required to take a train to Box Hill, then transfer to a train to the city, it'd be slower than the current DART buses which run along the freeway and bus lanes on Hoddle St/Victoria Pde. A reservation already exists as far as Bulleen, and tunnelling would only be required from the freeway to Doncaster Hill, a much shorter distance than Box Hill to Doncaster Hill which would require a tunnel the whole length. Therefore, the city-Doncaster option would likely be cheaper than a branch line and attract higher levels of patronage
jamesadams7
The problem with the doncaster to city proposal it require metro 2 to be built that would be years away, this solution i come up would create more jobs in box hill so it can become a central hub for employment. Therefore the people don't need to travel into the city and save time getting to work. Yes this will take some time but metro 2 is like gonna be some 20 years from now or more. Decentralising Melbourne is key so people don't have to travel all the way into the city.

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