By Ian Hundley and Marion Ware
We need to support the Doncaster Rail and campaign against the East West Tollway. Once the latter is built the North East Tollway through pristine Banyule parklands will swiftly follow suit. What are the benefits of a Doncaster Rail link for Banyule residents?
Residents of outer eastern suburbs, and especially from Manningham, will no longer drive to train stations in Banyule to access the Hurstbridge line. This will decrease road and station car parking usage on the Hurstbridge line making room for Banyule residents.
Road travel between the northern suburbs and Manningham and northern Boroondara will be reduced as road trips will be substituted with train trips on the Hurstbridge and South Morang lines via Clifton Hill, thus reducing road traffic in Banyule.
Many Banyule residents, in East Ivanhoe in particular, should find it more convenient to access the Doncaster line at Burke Road than the Hurstbridge line. A significant number of these currently have little practical access to a rail service at all (the route buses 546 and 548 which link Heidelberg and Ivanhoe stations, respectively, are substandard too) and drive instead.
Significant numbers of residents of Alphington and Fairfield would find it easier to access the Doncaster rail service at Kew (Chandler Highway) than the Hurstbridge service at Alphington or Fairfield stations. This would reduce peak hour pressure on the Hustbridge line at these two stations. A major residential and commercial redevelopment of the AMCOR site is also in prospect and it is important that travel by sustainable means in this area is maximised.
Significant cross town road traffic from eastern suburbs, and especially Manningham, to the north which currently clogs up Bell Street and Rosanna Road would be encouraged to use the rail network. This benefit would be significantly enhanced if a rail service was also built to Melbourne Airport.
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- Opposition to $8 billion EW tollway tunnel continues to grow (friendsofbanyule.wordpress.com)
- East west link to cause chaos in communities (theage.com.au)