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Media Release


Council urged to undertake feasibility study

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) is calling on Manningham Council to respond to residentís concerns and undertake a feasibility study into the Doncaster Road tram extension.

"Residents have displayed their support for a Doncaster Road tram extension from North Balwyn to Doncaster Hill, as demonstrated by the petition lodged with Manningham Council", PTUA Outer East Branch Convener Alex Makin said. "This tram extension was first considered in the late 1960s as strong residential growth occurred in Doncaster".

"It is clear that the current bus services are failing the people of Manningham," Mr Alex Makin said. "This is demonstrated through the fact that public transport patronage in Manningham is significantly lower than other inner and middle municipalities in Melbourne".

Public transport patronage in Manningham is just 7.3%, below the Melbourne average of 8%. Public transport patronage in the surrounding municipalities of Banyule is 10.6% and 11.6% in Whitehorse.

"There is strong precedent for local councils to conduct feasibility studies in the area of public transport, with the Cities of Knox and Hume both recently conducting feasibility studies into public transport extensions" Mr Makin said.

The City of Hume had recently completed a feasibility study into a tramline extension to Gladstone Park and the City of Knox is in the final stages of a feasibility study investigating the long proposed Rowville rail line.

"It is imperative that Manningham Council listens to the concerns of residents and undertakes the feasibility study into the tram extension as a measure to improve public transport in Manningham. The PTUA will gladly assist in providing preliminary data for the extension" Mr Makin concluded.

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Last Modified: 16 November 2004