Rowvillerail link: Government urged to act

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THE state government needs to act now to secure land for any future Rowville rail link, say the authors of a feasibility report into the project.

More than 80 people attended a meeting in Rowville on Monday night to hear consultants from Sinclair Knight Merz present the draft stage one report.

SKM principal consultant William McDougall said despite a Rowville rail line being considered since 1969, no land had ever been gazetted or formal studies produced.

Asked how long the line would take to complete, Mr McDougall said construction was expected to take four years but could only start after all planning was completed and funding sourced and allocated.

He compared it to the Regional Rail Link project, which was fast tracked but still took four years to reach construction stage.

Mr McDougall warned that any delays in approval or funding would result in a decade-long wait for the project’s completion, and that it needed to be pursued now by the state government.

The report– which will be submitted to the government by mid-year – will not include a cost-benefit analysis for the line or a clear timetable for its construction.

However, SKM’s endorsement of the project won approval from the meeting.

Knox councillor and Public Transport Consultative Committee member Mick Van de Vreede said he was pleased SKM had agreed with the need to pursue the rail line.

He said it was imperative the government avoided all delays in the process to build the line.

People can make comments on the draft report until April 27. Comments can be made in writing via [email protected]南京夜网.au or at rowvillerailstudy南京夜网.au. SKM will have another presentation at Monash University tomorrow (Thursday) at 6.30pm in the South 1 lecture theatre, building 64, Wellington Road, Clayton.