"Q: There have been multiple answers as well as a small passage in the community engagement report for AUG - OCT 2017 that claim the project will not preclude potential Doncaster heavy rail in the future. Will/have there be any design provisions made with the Doncaster Busway such that it, or other parts of the Eastern Freeway may be transitioned to a heavy rail line in 15-20 years if potential patronage ever justifies the cost? (grade issues notwithstanding) Or is the non-preclusion merely stating that another corridor or tunnel option could always be procured for Doncaster heavy rail; If ever justified. Or is this something we will have to wait for the ESS for an answer on? Thanks!
Tom asked 14 days ago
Thanks for the question. The busway is being designed in a way that would make a transition to rail possible in the future should this be found to be a more viable option.
The busway would also not preclude other public transport projects, or corridors in the area from being considered and assessed for feasibility.
The North East Link team"
It surprises me they would not be spruiking this even just a little. (Other than to maybe avoid renewed calls for a rail line.)