Manningham council are wasting a further $20,000 of municipal funds in a futile rail campaign, in addition to the $40,000 spent last year, to keep the dream of a railway to Doncaster Hill alive, promote local and overseas investment and give a false hope to Doncaster commuters.
Council had already been advised that a railway to Doncaster Park & Ride could not be justified due to the high cost. Manningham executive said; “we were surprised by the recommendation to terminate the rail line at the Doncaster Park & Ride and not extend it to Doncaster Hill”. “Also given previous estimates, we were shocked by the magnitude of the $11 billion price tag that has been attached to the project by the URS study, with the addition of the South Morang line deviation”.
In addition a further $1 billion
………..would be required to extend the line up to Doncaster Hill. Even if it was viable, it would now be impractical because building the new rail lines would be contingent upon the completion of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel, which has now been “shelved”.
To add to the frustration, the $47 million upgrade pledged, announced in February, for the Doncaster Area Transit (DART) bus service, was reduced to $41.5 million of which according to budget figures $30.9 million has already been spent elsewhere. Which has resulted in only $10.6 million “pledged” this financial year.