The Victorian Transport Action Group (VTAG), an independent forum of transport experts from various disciplines, shares a vision of a highly mobile Melbourne with an increased population being effectively and sustainably serviced by a versatile, strategically expanded public transport network. In this paper VTAG proposes Route 100 as a solution for the car dependent and congested North-Eastern suburbs. Route 100 is a Light Rail Transit (LRT) service for the Doncaster Corridor which connects into the tram network in Fitzroy. Melbourne faces crippling and costly congestion, due in part to the transport and land use planning failures of past decades. However, Melbourne, like other world cities can grasp the future and lay out a network that will reduce the congestion and enhance the mobility for and liveability of its residents; and Melbourne has one significant strategic advantage; it has the tramway foundation already in place. Route 100 Light Rail – Doncaster Hill to inner City by VTAG FINAL 25th May
State Government had made it clear to Manningham Council that Buses would be the one and only transport
solution for Doncaster Hill and its surrounding growth sectors. So it was left to Manningham to head off the the public demand for heavy rail as best they could which they were able to do when the government commissioned another rail study which found it would be possible to extend a railway to the Doncaster/Greythorn Park and Ride, but not to Doncaster Hill. However the price tag of $11 Billion, which included the cost of diverting another line and a timeline of nearly 20 years, was tantamount to ruling it out altogether.
The attempt to quell the public demand for an extension of the tram 48 from North Balwyn has proved ineffective. They employed a consultant who found that a tram service would not be practical and the gradient of Doncaster Road would prevent Disability friendly stops which was later challenged by experts. Council’s own satellite data showed only a small section of Doncaster Road had a gradient of 5.2%. Below is a newspaper report...thank you Beverley
Council Agenda August 2009 re Tram Forwarded by Charles