According to Wikipedia, detailed planning of the long awaited Doncaster rail line, first proposed in 1890, began in 1969 and by 1972 a route from Victoria Park Station to Blackburn Road, East Doncaster was decided.
Property acquisition for part of the route was completed in 1975 and the excavation of a cutting north of Victoria Park station had already commenced in 1974, only to be filled in two years later. By 1982 plans to build the line were shelved by the state government, and by 1984 land for the line once it left the freeway was sold. In 1991 an independent report investigated constructing the line, recommending against it due to the high cost. The most recent plan to build a railway line along the Eastern Freeway to Doncaster Park and Ride appears likely to meet the same fate as the proposal before it. Melways 1979 maps showing route of proposed railway from Victoria Park station to Blackburn Road is on next page.
The proposed railway was to branch just north of Victoria Park station and run along the Eastern Freeway before leaving it at Estelle Street, Bulleen. The 1979 Melway street directory indicates the rail line in pink with broken lines depicting tunnels as it proceeds towards Manningham Road and Macedon Square then on to Williamsons Road where a railway station at King Street was proposed. The line would then terminate at a railway station planned just before Blackburn Road, East Doncaster.
The proposed rail line extends up to Blackburn Road which indicates there might have been an option for the line to continue through to Donvale and beyond.
The King Street and Blackburn Road line would cost far more today, than the $11 billion required to finance the Park and Ride proposal due to the number of tunnels required and the same additional cost of deviating an existing rail line.
Despite the huge costs involved neither plan included a railway station on Doncaster Hill.
One councillor who wished to remain anonymous was not optimistic; “I don’t think anyone is taking the prospect of rail seriously. Like it or not we will have to accept that buses will be the only transport option for Doncaster residents. If a railway station cannot be located on Doncaster Hill then it is a waste of time talking about it. Currently it is being used by politicians as a political football”.