Communities in Melbourne’s south-east fear their voices will be ignored by the Napthine government as it rushes to sign contracts for the multibillion-dollar Dandenong rail corridor project before November’s election.
The private rail consortium behind the line’s upgrade - which includes removing four level crossings, rebuilding three stations and buying 25 new high-capacity trains - is on course to sign contracts for the major project by the end of September. This includes contracts to demolish, redesign and rebuild the railway stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena and Clayton.
Interestingly the only two transport projects I can current think of which have any chance of proceeding to contract stage prior to the election later this year are the East West Link and the Dandenong rail corridor. The rail corridor have had involvement from a former liberal party parliamentary member.