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Transport Advocacy

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

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.

Eastern Transport Coalition - Commuters Count

Commuters Count advocates for integrated and accessible sustainable transport in the eastern region of Melbourne to improve liveability and reduce car dependency. Commuters Count is a movement that is supported by seven Councils in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. To find out more visit: etc.org.au on Facebook or Twitter

Knox Tram

The original Burwood Highway tram line was constructed to Warrigal Road in 1916 and has had three extensions since that time. It was extended to Middleborough Road in 1978, to Blackburn Road in 1993 and then to Vermont South in 2005.

The extension of the tram line to Knox was first examined as part of the Scoresby Corridor Environmental Effects Statement in 1998. One of the recommendations from this study was for the tram line to be extended to Knox City Shopping Centre.

The route 75 tram was ultimately extended from Blackburn Road to Vermont South Shopping Centre in July 2005. As part of this project, the Knox Transit Link was launched. This is a bus service to and from Westfield Knox, which connects with every tram at the Vermont South interchange.

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.

The Knox tram continues to be a priority for Council in it advocacy work.

Rowville Rail

The Rowville Rail was first proposed in the Melbourne Transport Plan of 1969. It was subsequently studied again as part of the Scoresby Transport Corridor Environmental Effects Study (EES) in 1998, however, was not part of the works which were ultimately completed as part of the EastLink project.

Knox City Council prepared a pre feasibility study in 2004 which showed that a rail line was feasible.

Following several years of advocacy by Knox City Council and the Eastern Transport Coalition, a commitment was made and enacted upon by the then Baillieu State Government to undertake a full feasibility study on a rail line to Rowville.

The Rowville Rail line would be a twin set of dedicated tracks that would separate from the Dandenong line at Huntingdale Station. The alignment would mainly follow the central median of North and Wellington Roads from Huntingdale Station to Stud Road. 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.

A copy of the feasibility study is available on the PTV website.

Knox City Council will continue to advocate for the Rowville Rail project to be expedited.

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 our Rowville Rail page.

Dorset Road Extension

For over a decade Council has been seeking state government support for an extension of Dorset Road from Burwood Highway through to Napoleon Road and ultimately to Lysterfield Road.

This lack of connectivity to the south of Burwood Highway to the residential areas of Rowville and Lysterfield and to rapidly developing municipalities such as the City of Casey is causing an increasing strain on Council's local roads network.

While identified by VicRoads as a future project, no funding has been allocated or timeframes set as to when it will occur.

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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