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Members Statement – Suburban Rail Loop is one station short

Jun 17, 2020 | Parliament

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (09:51): I am pleased to rise today to talk about the community engagement currently underway for the Suburban Rail Loop project.

An Engage Victoria survey and interactive map allow members of the public to have input into the project and submit ideas to help the authority plan designed enhancements to the precincts around Suburban Rail Loop stations.

I would encourage anyone living in stage 1 station areas to take the opportunity to submit their ideas to improve the areas where they live and work and play and to consider the services and spaces they would like to access.

I have also been encouraging constituents from the Manningham local council area to be involved in the community engagement and to take the opportunity to again push for the Doncaster station to be included in stage 1 of this project.

Manningham residents have waited over 128 years for the promised train link to the city. This rail loop finalises a promise of a rail link through Box Hill. That may be the closest that promise has come to being realised. Yet the first stage of this project stops just one station short.

Communities do and should have a say on planning and development of major projects as they evolve, and I encourage people to take every opportunity to push for better transport services.


The current SRL survey can be completed at – https://engage.vic.gov.au/suburban-rail-loop-stage-one


Get involved:

We previously asked the former Minister for Public Transport to put a SMARTbus on the route of the suburban rail loop to help students access education options in Monash, Box Hill and LaTrobe while we wait for the rail link. Join the petition below asking our new Minister, Ben Carroll, to action this.

  • The issue

    The Suburban Rail Loop is a great project which will provide an orbital rail loop around Melbourne, with new stations and connections between major railway lines from the Frankston line to the Werribee line via Melbourne Airport.

    Suburban Rail Loop will connect Melbourne’s middle suburbs to priority growth precincts, and link all Victorians to major health, education centres at Deakin, Monash and Bundoora, and outer employment centres.

    But it will take 50 years, or more, to build.

    Putting SMARTbus services on the route brings all the benefits of the loop to Melbourne residents right now.

  • Action required

    The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Minister for Public Transport to put SMARTbus services on the planned route for the Suburban Rail Loop and connect Melbourne's universities, employment centres, the airport and middle suburbs NOW.

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