When it comes to public transport, Doncaster really suffers. That’s why I’ve mentioned the immediate need for heavy rail to Doncaster hill. Furthermore, the transport problem in Doncaster is going to become more acute, because when Eastlink opens the Eastern freeway is going to be flooded with a whole heap more traffic.
To complement the heavy rail, Doncaster could really do with the 48 being extended 4 kilometres along Doncaster road to meet the station at Shoppingtown. This would greatly improve public transport between Doncaster, North Balwyn and Kew. I should point out that extending the 48 should not be undertaken as a substitute for a heavy rail line – they cater to different transport needs and are not interchangeable. Rather, it should be undertaken as part of a broader plan to deliver trains to Doncaster, as well as a comprehensive reorganisation of bus routes, focusing on high frequency services along the major roads.
Cost wise, the PTUA seem to think that $30 million would get it done, whereas the Liberal party estimated $35 million in their failed 2006 state election bid. The Liberal cost should be viewed with particular caution, given the large number of basic errors throughout their entire public transport document. My formula, which sets construction costs at $10.87 million per kilometre, implies that a 4 kilometre extension such as this would cost $43.48 million to build. Either way, we aren’t talking about large sums of money as a proportion of the state government’s transport budget.
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