Caulfield to Rowville rail line
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The Caulfield to Rowville rail line would see improved transport connections to the Monash National Employment Cluster and Melbourne's south east.
The proposed corridor for the new line would begin at Caulfield Station – linking with the heavy rail network and the existing 3/3a tram line – pass Chadstone Shopping Centre and reach Monash University (Clayton Campus) and the Monash National Employment Cluster (NEC) before continuing to Rowville via Waverley Park.
The new line is proposed to be split into two stages:
- Stage 1: from Caulfield Station to Monash University (Clayton Campus); and
- Stage 2: from Monash University to Rowville.
The Victorian Government committed $3 million towards planning and design of a rail line in the 2018-19 Budget.
Infrastructure Victoria's (IV) 2016 Options Book recommended better mass transit connections – such as light rail or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – to NECs, with Monash noted as an early priority along with Sunshine and Latrobe.
In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Federal Government allocated $475 million towards construction of a rail line to service Monash in the next 10 years, however details of the funding profile and commencement date are not provided in the Budget. Commentary around the announcement indicates the Federal Government would consider a heavy rail line instead of the light rail line proposed by the Victorian Government.
A heavy rail line to Rowville has previously been considered, with Public Transport Victoria (PTV) conducting the Rowville Rail Study between 2010 and 2014. The proposed connection to Rowville spurred from Huntingdale station on the Dandenong Rail corridor. However, the Study concluded that the heavy rail line was dependent on additional capacity being provided to the Dandenong corridor and the inner core of the Melbourne rail network, with interim actions to improve other public transport services to the region recommended.
Last reviewed: 14/05/2018