“You can rule out Doncaster rail to the City via the freeway because Vic Roads want the the median strip reserved for dedicated Bus lanes”. 26/8/2016
The release of the North East Link last Friday has officially ended any hope of a rail line being extended to Doncaster Hill after it was confirmed the freeway centre strip would be replaced to provide dedicated bus lanes. northeastlink.vic.gov.au
Both Liberal and labor governments had always regarded buses as the only public transport solution for Doncaster Hill and had repeatedly advised Manningham to “stop tugging in other directions”. That didn’t stop an opposition party proposing a $6.5 Million study, as an election campaign ploy, which was only half completed after it won office.
What surprised residents was how easily Council could be sucked into believing the politicians by providing a false hope to Doncaster residents and investors by embarking
on a spending spree promoting the heavy rail line, when, even if it was feasible, would not have occurred for at least 20 years and could only have terminated at Greythorn and not on Doncaster Hill where it was most needed.
This is a major blow to the Manningham Council who had spent a significant amount of municipal resources in promoting a railway station on Doncaster Hill who will now have to rely solely on buses. However, even without the provision of rail to Doncaster Hill, the grade-separation of buses will still be required throughout Doncaster Hill. Without this, it is anticipated that road-based public transport services will fail to operate successfully over the coming years due to the delay and impact, primarily to buses, caused by ongoing development and increasing traffic congestion in the central activity area.
Coincidentally Doncaster Hill property sales fared poorly on the weekend following the announcement of the selected route where only four properties were sold out of the twelve reported. A two bedroom on the fourth floor of a major Doncaster Hill apartment complex failed to reach the price it was purchased for six years previous.