You are invited…

You are invited to attend one of three community workshops to learn about progress with the Study, including the route options being considered.

The same information will be provided at all three workshops.

RSVP to by 21 March 2012 is essential as venue numbers are limited.  Refreshments provided.

  Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3

26 March 2012 

28 March 2012 
29 March 2012 
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm 6:30pm to 9:00pm 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Richmond Town Hall
333 Bridge Road
The Marwal Centre
11 Marwal Avenue
North Balwyn 
Function Room 1, Level 1
Manningham City Council
699 Doncaster Road

The purpose of these workshops is to explain how the options are being developed and assessed, and to gain community input on key issues and opportunities emerging from the initial assessment.





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6 Responses to You are invited…

  1. Lloyd R.Williams says:

    I sent a possible plan for a lightrail/tram from CBD to Cnr,Tram/Doncaster/Williamsons rds Doncaster.
    Question-Have you received this plan, and if so when will I be notified.
    Lloyd R.Williams

    • SCampbell says:

      Hi Mr Williams

      Thank you for your interest in the Doncaster Rail Study. I can confirm that we received your light rail plan on 17 December 2011 and I forwarded onto the Study Team for further consideration.

      Kind regards

      Clare Robertson (on behalf of the Doncaster Rail Study Team).

  2. Jillian Arbuthnot says:

    Building a heavy rail line to Doncaster, not light rail, is long overdue. It should have been built when the area was first developed and now Shopping Town is a major activities centre it needs to be connected to the Melbourne CBD with high speed rail. Feeder buses should connect from surrounding suburbs. We should be funding rail transport in the Melbourne urban area rather than more roads and freeways.

  3. Sam Wakhlu says:

    I would propose (if not already under consideration) a rail connection from Ivanhoe station through Bulleen to Doncaster shopping town with futre extensions to Doncaster East, Templestowe and Warandyte.

    Not sure if it is worth putting so much investment into another line dedicated to Doncaster from the city. The extension of 48 tram to Doncaster Shopping town should be seen as part of the proposal as feeder connection. Similar to extension of tram 109 to Box Hill station some years back.

  4. Ed says:

    This study has been trying to justify a rail line.Surely a more open minded enquiry should consider if a rail line is needed.
    Many people have an “Iron Horse “mentality.
    Huge amounts of money are already being spent on public transport. Doncaster has more public transport than nescessary. Much of it sparsely used.Templestowe and Warrandyte has very little.
    Crowded buses leave the CBD and by the time they reach Balwyn are empty.Yet cars feed on to the Eastern Freeway
    because there is no place to park along the way.
    Cars used to park at Shoppingtown,Park and ride and side streets.Restrictions are in force and nothing less than monster car parks will alter this scenario. Perhaps Eastern Golf Course or better still Westerfolds Park could be considered for a connecting point for a train line.

    • P. S. Clark says:

      A rational Government would avoid increasing the focus on the CBD as the epicentre of metropolitan employment. A heavy rail connection to Doncaster would only serve to entrench that focus.
      Ed’s comments are very appropriate.
      Car parking at metropolitan rail stations and bus ‘park and ride’ areas are already inadequate as well as posing unresolved isecurity issues. New rail stations in the existing metropolitan area would require similar parking areas.
      The fact that buses reaching the Pines and Warrandyte, for examples, are substantially empty for most of each day, poses the need to consider alternative approaches, such as on-demand shared taxis and minibuses.
      The blind focus on ‘heavy rail’ ignores what can and should be learned from oversea cities of similar and larger size. Seattle and Mobile, Alabama for examples, run very organised bus services. Mobile town planning serves as an example of good practice, with satellite suburbs served by connecting bus systems.
      Even more significant as a potential solution to Melbourne’s traffic congestion and parking woes are the Government-supported car pooling and minibus arrangements that have operated successfully in many US cities for 25 years and more. Nineteen seat minbuses are financed by the Government, purchased by individuals who contract with others travelling the same way and are parked in designated CBD or other appropriate areas. There are Trading Post-type newsletters advertising both the minibuses and availability of regular contracted seats for potential users.

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