Route 48 extension

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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17 Responses

  1. Another logical extension. Even an initial couple of k to the park and ride might help; get the tram to the express buses, rather than driving there. Although that might require co-ordination between services or high-frequency services, which makes it impossible under the current administration.

    I can never understand why so many major trip generators (shopping centres, universities, etc) generally don’t seem to have much or any rail; mysteries of our time.

    There’s plenty of road space for the 48 extention; and Shoppingtown should volunteer some land for a terminus, it would benefit them in not having to extend upwards their carparking…

  2. Hi Dave – re. major trip generators and pt access – I don’t understand it either. Places like Chadstone and Doncaster shoppingtown never even had plans for rail links (the original Doncaster line plan has it following the valley). Yet the government allowed their construction, and expansion.

    For all the problems Sydney has with their trains, at least the government had the foresight to plan major new shopping centres so they would be next to existing rail infrastructure.

  3. I seem to remember it being put off because it is down a steep hill and so could not have accessible stops. But judging by 109 through Mont Albert, an accesible stop could easily be put on the east side of those shops near trentwood rd before the fwy.

  4. I don;t think accessible stops should be a problem either – Vermont South and Box Hill lines both follow the lie of the road, but the road itself has crests and dips, and the tramline can be made to be level for a D2-class tram length no problem, even if it then charges into grades at both ends.

    I didn’t have a problem iwth the Lib’s tram and train promises – dumb though some of them were. South Morass and East Cranbong would ahve looked very cheap and nasty, but a second term or a fed grant would have fixed that. Syd’s Richmond line could only take 2, 2 car sets when first opened, on a shuttle from Riverstone. BUt whatever, it was eventually fixed. The Morass and Eastbong have nothing.

    But glad the Libs didn;t get up, for other reasons

  5. I got the impression during the election campaign that the accessible stops thing was an excuse because the ALP were too stubborn to admit that it was a good idea. The Liberal train and tram promises were a pleasant surprise for me, but I think they would have got the axe into regional services if the voters had given them the chance.

    I just hope the state liberals find and intelligent moderate to lead the party – like a state level Malcolm Turnbull. Sadly there doesn’t seem to be anyone any good. Labor are incompetent, stubborn and in their twilight years. When the liberals win in 2010 or 2014 (and I think they will win) I hope they have another Hamer rather than another hack.

  6. Yep the regional ie interurban services such as RFR would have gone. National Party think country trains are there for the archetypal CWA-female OAP who needs to see the specialist in the city. Don’t give a rats about how long it takes, or how often it runs. And would never fight to make sure the rail line stayed usable.

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