This letter was sent into the Manningham CEO Joe this week; if there really is no hope for a train in Doncaster, why are we spending money on it… what do they hope to achieve?
Spending $ 4,600 dollars this week on a full page advertisement “to keep our community’s hearts and minds focused on a rail service” seems a terrible waste of municipal funds considering any new rail line would not be possible for decades. A Rail line to West Doncaster Park & Ride will be a generation away let alone any possibility of a Billion Dollar railway tunnel up to Doncaster Hill. The reality is, apart for the printing of brochures and conducting studies etc., the State has no money.
Mary Wooldridge has confirmed that phase one of the Draft Recommendations report found there is no capacity in the current network to accommodate any additional lines to service the transport starved areas such as Rowville, Wyndham, Baxter, Melbourne Airport and the West Doncaster Park & Ride, until the Melbourne Metropolitan Project (MMP) is completed which could be decades away if the current schedule for its funding is any indication.
The Planning Minister Mr Mulder, told the Age newspaper; “some of the correspondence was so fanciful it might as well have had a dozen tattslotto tickets attached to it”. The first instalment of Two Billion Dollars, towards the estimated total cost of Eleven to Twelve Billion Dollars, will not be available till sometime after 2019. Even the PLANMELBOURNE document (available online), equally vague, indicates the “planned and potential” rail lines will not occur before the medium to long term (2025-2050).
The government statement this week, announcing additional dedicated bus lanes in the CBD and expanded bus services for Doncaster Hill reinforces the notion that the State Government has always favoured a bus solution for Doncaster Hill. Manningham council had been told they will gain nothing by “perversely tugging in other directions” A railway station on Doncaster Hill was not included in the terms of reference in any previous studies.
See comments attached to ” Doncaster Rail an Ode to Inaction” and “No Gain Without Train”