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Hume Council joined Moreland Council on Monday night (12 August, 2019) in supporting the Upfield Transport Alliance community campaign to upgrade the Upfield Line.
At the Council meetings, Cr Jodi Jackson moved a motion in General Business for Hume City Council to support the Upfield Transport Alliance #Upfieldline campaign for track duplication and extension to Craigieburn and Wallan.
The motion was seconded by Cr Joseph Huweil provisional on amendment of provision of meeting spaces be investigated rather than provided as part of the motion.
“The Community campaign is growing” said Cr Jackson speaking for the motion and detailing current Hume strategy documents, urging support by Hume Council.
Hume policy documents cited included Hume Corridor integrated Growth Area Plan (HIGAP) Inrastrucure and Delivery Strategy (December 2015)(PDF) and the Hume Integrated Land Use and Transport Strategy (2011-2020) (PDF) which set out that “Advocacy for a new station at Campbellfield, electrification and duplication of the Upfield line from Upfield Station to Roxburgh Park Station,and duplication from Gowrie Station” are “fundamental infrastructure” that requires development by the state government.
Cr Joseph Huweil in seconding the motion outlined how he has directly experienced the delays and disruptions on the Upfield Line and particularly noted the need for building of #Campbellfield Station.
Cr Sherry raised concerns that perhaps more time was needed to investigate details, although she said that she had no problem reaching out to Mitchell Shire, Moreland Mayor and Melbourne Lord Mayor regarding a joint approach for upgrading the upfield line.
The Motion was put to the vote by The Mayor Cr Carly Moore for Hume Council supporting the Upfield Transport Alliance Upfield line upgrade campaign. The motion was carried.
Sustainable Transport Campaigner and member of the Upfield Transport Alliance was in the public gallery of Hume Council, along with a few other members of this community coalition.
“We welcome Hume Council steping up in combination with other northern municipalities in advocacy to the state government on the fundamental need for this transport infrastructure.”
“The northern suburbs population is booming with 17 new residential suburbs being developed and we need the rail network infrastructure to be developed in a timely fashion to serve the needs of people in the northern suburbs.” said John Englart.
This article first appeared on upfieldtransportalliance.org
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