Doncaster Rail Study
Cost: $6.5 million for a feasibility study
On Thursday 14 March the Minister for Public Transport released the Doncaster Rail Study Phase One Draft Recommendations Report.
The report details the findings of the independent study team’s investigations into the best route for a Doncaster rail line. The report recommends an alignment from the Doncaster Park-and-Ride to the city, via the Eastern Freeway, connecting to the Hurstbridge line at around Victoria Park.
The study estimates daily patronage of up to 56,000 people, with new stations at the Doncaster Park-and-Ride, Bulleen (Thompsons Road) and Kew (Chandler Highway).
A number of rail network capacity challenges are identified in the study findings, which would need to be addressed before a rail line to Doncaster could be introduced.
These challenges include measures to increase the number of trains that can be run on the busy South Morang and Hurstbridge group of lines.
The proposed rail line is estimated to cost in the order of $3 billion to $5 billion.
Draft recommendations report – available for public comment
The draft report is now available for public comment.
Visit doncasterrailstudy.com to read the report and find out how you can have your say.
Details of Q&A sessions with the Study Leader will be available soon.
The Victorian Government has provided $6.5 million to examine a number of options for providing a high-quality heavy rail link to Doncaster.
Doncaster is one of the most important commercial and civic centres within the City of Manningham. Although there has been significant growth in patronage of recently upgraded bus services from Doncaster to the CBD, the City of Manningham remains the only metropolitan Melbourne municipality without direct access to train or tram services.
Detailed investigations have been undertaken to enable the Government to better understand the requirements of a high quality heavy rail link for communities within the Manningham, Boroondara, Yarra, Whitehorse, Maroondah and Banyule municipalities.
The Study Team has released the Stage One Draft Recommendations Report, outlining study findings and a preferred alignment for a heavy rail line to Doncaster.
The Victorian Government will continue to work with Infrastructure Australia to progress a potential rail line to Doncaster.
Phase One of the Doncaster Rail Study is being delivered through a partnership of four key engineering firms, led by URS, with a number of supporting sub-contractors. Information about their work, including details of community workshops, can be found on the study team's website at doncasterrailstudy.com
The aim of the Doncaster Rail Study is to provide an independent assessment of the requirements of constructing a heavy rail line to Doncaster.
The specific objectives of the study are to:
- engage with key stakeholders and the community to assess travel needs and establish views on concept designs for a Doncaster rail line
- provide concepts for a proposed Doncaster railway line
- ensure that the rail proposal integrates with all operational and strategic plans for the existing and future rail, tram and road network
- identify key issues, constraints and opportunities relating to transport efficiency and reliability, land use planning, and environmental, social and economic sustainability
- develop a report that provides recommendations to government for a heavy rail solution, with an assessment of potential impacts and how to minimise them.
Consultation and communication
A key part of undertaking the study is to engage with key stakeholders, business, industry, transport operators and the community.
A range of engagement tools and techniques will be used as part of the study process, including:
- interactive online engagement
- local council briefings
- technical workshops
- community information sessions
- the release of the draft recommendations report for public feedback before it is finalised and submitted to government.
- 3 May 2011 - Coalition Government takes action on Doncaster rail link
- 26 October 2011 - Doncaster Rail planning study underway with contract awarded
- 9 March 2012 – Shortlisted options for Doncaster Rail released
- 14 March 2013 - Eastern Freeway best route for Doncaster Rail Line
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