RAIL EXTENSION MOVES UP THE AGENDA
“Knox Council firmly believes a rail link to Rowville is a must,” said Cr Emanuele Cicchiello, Taylor Ward Councillor and Chair of the Knox Public Transport Advisory Committee.
“The concept is not new, it was first mooted nearly thirty years ago. It was a major omission from the Department of Infrastructure’s Draft Outer Eastern Public Transport Plan released last May.
“Thirty years ago, Knox was a semi rural region and the southern end of the municipality in particular was under developed. The need for a rail link to Rowville was arguable then.
“However, over the last thirty years the whole situation has changed as the population in Knox has trebled and the outer eastern parts of Melbourne have been developed to the current levels.
“There is now a very strong argument for a rail link to Rowville.
“Public transport provisions to, from and within this region of Melbourne are woeful.
“The Council has put the Rowville rail link back on the public transport agenda, along with the tram extension to Knox not just Vermont South.
“An independent study into all aspects of the Rowville rail link has been included in the new budget to quick start the new campaign. The study aims to highlight potential project constraints and identify the necessary station and rail reservations to ensure that parallel developments do not compromise any future rail link projects.
“Knox Council is making a clear statement to the State Government that Council will again lead the local community by stepping up the campaign for a rail link to Rowville.
“Extra buses stuck in traffic are not the solution to the transport and environmental concerns plaguing the outer eastern region. They are useful bandaids, which will be more effective if they intersect with new railway stations in the traffic-congested section of the City.
“The State Government should be sponsoring this study, we expect them to face the issues squarely if they are serious about their intention of having 20% of all motorised trips taken by public transport by the year 2020,” said Cr Cicchiello