The announcement of a tram link between Caulfield Station and Rowville Monash University is the right move, as evidenced by RACV’s Growing Pains report.
Released last month, Growing Pains outlined over 100 transport infrastructure projects – including both road and rail – to tackle transport network deficiencies that have developed because infrastructure investment has not kept pace with our population growth.
The inclusion of a Rowville transit to connect the Monash region was identified as the number one outer suburban transport project in RACV’s online interactive Growing Pains report receiving over 1,100 votes. The route would align with the employment hub that houses the Australian Synchrotron, the Monash Medical Centre and the future Victorian Heart Hospital. It would also connect Monash University’s Caulfield and Clayton campuses and Chadstone, benefiting students, shoppers, tourists and employees alike.
However, the likely long transit time suggests it won’t be a solution for many CBD workers in Rowville, should Stage 2 ever proceed. Frequent and more direct bus connections along Wellington Road to Huntingdale Station would be faster for CBD access for Rowville commuters.
“It’s no surprise that the Government has chosen to plan this route. The project has a strong mandate – both in public support, but also to boost capacity and relieve congestion. With heavy rail and local bus services already stretched, and large growth in the Monash region projected, there is a great imperative to build this important link”, said Bryce Prosser, General Manager of Public Policy and Corporate Affairs.
Full details of RACV’s Growing Pains Report can be found here: https://www.racv.com.au/growingpains