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Monash Rail

Funding Program:National Rail Program
Status:Not started
Transport Mode:Rail
Australian Government Contribution:$475,000,000
Local Council/Shire:City of Knox,Monash City Council
State:VIC

Project Description

The project will involve planning and preconstruction activities to construct a rail line in south-east Melbourne to service the Monash Precinct. The project will complete a business case to determine the optimal solution to address congestion along the corridor, such as heavy or light rail. The project will also undertake detailed planning and early construction works. The aim of the project is to connect the Monash precinct to the Melbourne transport network and provide access to economic activity in central Melbourne. A second stage of the proposal could extend to Rowville.

Benefits

The suburbs surrounding the Monash precinct have grown significantly in the last 40 years. The education precinct around Monash University’s Clayton Campus is a key employment hub and will be a focus for substantial future growth, with continued growth elsewhere along the route such as in Stud Park.

The Victorian Government has identified the Monash Precinct as a National Employment Cluster, a concentrated corridor of knowledge-based businesses and industry that provides high levels of employment. Growth in the precinct is constrained owing to limited public transport options and an over-reliance on road transport resulting in traffic congestion.

A rail system that connects to the Monash Precinct and provides efficient and reliable travel will assist in alleviating traffic congestion. Improved transport linkages would help attract international investment to the area delivering substantial economic and social benefits to Victoria and Australia as well as significant productivity gains to the community and economy. Improved public transport has the potential to improve access to jobs, health services and affordable housing.

Funding

The Australian Government has contributed up to $475 million to the project.

Timetable

The Australian Government is working to finalise implementation arrangements for the project with the Victorian Government.

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Project details last updated: 18/10/2018