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Let's Connect the Dots - Transport Advocacy

Let's Connect The Dots

Knox City Council is supporting the community by advocating for Federal Funding to improve their public transport infrastructure.

Critical missing transport links in Knox need to be completed to provide transport choice for our community and improve liveability. This includes the following improvements:

  • Rowville Rail - extension of a train line service, branching from Huntingdale Station, to Rowville, via Wellington Road.
  • Knox Tram - extension of the route 75 tram service from Vermont South to Knox City via Burwood Hwy.

Public transport improvements will reduce congestion on roads in Knox, provide more competitive and sustainable transport choices for Knox residents and make it more attractive to do business in Knox.

Rowville Rail

A rail line connecting Huntingdale Station to Rowville, along the Wellington Road corridor, would significantly improve access for residents to jobs, educational facilities and the wider Melbourne rail network.

Four new stations would be provided at Monash University, Mulgrave, Waverley Park and Rowville.

The Rowville Rail project would service a number of major trip attractors, including:

  • The Dandenong Rail Corridor
  • Monash University
  • The Monash National Employment Cluster
  • Springvale Road & Stud Road SmartBus corridors
  • Residential development projects along the corridor
  • Stud Park Shopping Centre

For further information, refer to Rowville Rail.

Knox Tram

An extension of the tram service from Vermont South to Knox and beyond would complement recent and proposed developments along this corridor, providing a seamless and faster journey for commuters. This service would support ongoing transport choice along this corridor.

The Knox Tram extension would service a number of major trip attractors, including:

  • Deakin University
  • Burwood One
  • Springvale Road & Stud Road SmartBus corridors
  • Vermont South Shopping Centre
  • Westfield Knox – currently planning for a 50% increase to its current floor area.

Next Steps

As part of this advocacy project, Council is erecting four signs in strategic locations around the municipality, as our way of advocating for Federal Government funding for these major public transport infrastructure projects.

Knox City Council has a long history of advocating for Rowville Rail, and has been successful in getting the project on the State Government agenda. They have determined that Rowville Rail is feasible; however, the State Government believes it must wait until the Melbourne Metro is complete.

With Federal Government assistance, this timeframe could be brought forward as both projects could be built concurrently.

The State Government can do its part by enacting planning processes now to protect the future use of this multi-modal corridor. There is no impediment to commencing this work immediately.

Have your say

Following the release of the Federal Government Smart Cities Plan, there are strong indicators of a desire to invest in iconic public transport projects in line with the Smart Cities agenda and objectives.

The Federal Government is seeking comment on a Smart Cities Plan which supports the virtues of a 30 minute commute.

View the Smart Cities Plan website then Have Your Say on the Smart Cities Plan.

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