The Victorian government is undertaking a study to provide a train service between Doncaster and the Melbourne CBD. The PTUA strongly supports a rail service to Doncaster as a vital link in Melbourne’s public transport network.
We encourage you to attend one of the community workshops organised by the Doncaster Rail Study Team. 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.
The workshops are in Richmond (26th March), North Balwyn (28th March) and Doncaster (29th March). For full details click here.
Check the three “corridor options” (possible routes) released by the Doncaster Rail study.
You can also read more about the Doncaster rail line in the PTUA’s brochure (PDF, 673Kb)
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has called on the Baillieu Government to ensure greater transparency in transport planning for the proposed Chadstone shopping centre expansion.
PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn said public participation must be a key component of the planning process, but the government and the developer seem to be operating behind closed doors.
“Without sufficient public participation and debate, Chadstone’s expansion plans should not be approved,” said Mr Lunn. “Chadstone is a major activity centre and the public must be given a genuine say on transport issues before any proposals become official.”
Continue reading Public left behind on Chadstone transport planning
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has warned that a modified bus interchange will not be enough to cater for expansion of the Chadstone shopping centre, as it would be only a partial solution. It says bus services themselves need significant upgrades, along with the extension of train and tram services into the centre.
“It’s going to take a lot more than a change to the bus interchange to attract people out of their cars and onto public transport. If that is
the only improvement to public transport, permanent traffic jams can be expected around Chadstone,” PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn said.
“To really make a difference, bus services need a major upgrade. In fact, these upgrades are needed now to cope with current traffic volumes around Chadstone.”
Continue reading Chadstone interchange not a full solution
A recent substitution of route 75 trams with buses, has highlighted the need for a tram extension to Knox according to the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA). During the replacement period, passengers travelling between Burwood and Knox had make two transfers by taking one tram and two buses.
Continue reading Knox Transit double shuffle
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has endorsed the new route 601 express bus service operating between Huntingdale railway station and Monash University Clayton campus, but said it should be seen as an interim measure only. The PTUA warned that the service will not entirely solve Monash University’s transport woes and proves that the Rowville railway line is urgently needed.
“While the shuttle bus is welcome, it does not have the potential to attract the same patronage or to move the same volumes as the train line,” said PTUA’s outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn. “This bus does not offer the economic benefits or the 15,000 or more new jobs that the Rowville railway would generate in the Cities of Monash and Knox.
Continue reading Shuttle bus shows urgent need for rail
On Friday 20th May members of the Outer East Branch of the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) together with representatives of the City of Knox inspected the route for the proposed Rowville railway line.
“We saw the great potential for this railway line to revolutionise transport and the economy by creating over 15,000 jobs in the cities of Knox and Monash,” said PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn. “The potential to reduce car dependency in Knox and adjoining municipalities is especially important.”
Continue reading Rail investigation finds great prospects
The Department of Transport has failed to act on the issue of slow and crowded buses around Chadstone according to the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA).
“Passengers to Chadstone are being left to hang from the wrist straps on buses stuck in traffic, while bureaucrats sit and twiddle their thumbs,” said PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn. “There has been absolutely no detail announced by the Department of Transport as to how they would be fixing these problems.”
Continue reading No action on Chadstone buses
A study completed by the The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has revealed gaping holes and long waits exist on the Knox Transit Link. Only 16 percent of tram services are met by a connecting bus service timed within two minutes, while 163 tram services per a week have no connecting bus at all.
“Outer east residents have been lied to and deceived over the Knox Transit Link,” said PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn, “We were promised that this bus service would be just as good as a tram all the way to Knox, but it’s far from it.
“There are long waits and gaping holes in this service. Some buses leave just before the next tram is due to arrive and vice-versa.
Continue reading Knox Transit Link: 163 buses gone missing
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has condemned the removal of bus lanes on Stud Road. It says a combined solution incorporating buses and rail is needed for Rowville.
“Removing bus lanes will only create temporary relief for motorists,” said PTUA outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn. “In the absence of effective public transport congestion will eventually build up again and commuters will be no better off.”
Continue reading Bus lane removal short-sighted
The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed the Liberal Party’s announcement on the Doncaster railway line, while slamming the government for refusing to make a better offer. The PTUA believes that the line, which has been promised for over 40 years would be a fraction of the cost of a North-East link and offer far more benefits.
“The announcement on the Doncaster railway is exactly the kind of foresight that we need to see from our politicians in this election year,” said PTUA’s outer east convenor Jeremy Lunn. “It’s certainly a step ahead of the Brumby Government, which took over a decade to install four paltry bus routes.”
Continue reading Doncaster rail announcement welcome