The Victorian Government has announced that it is to commit AUD3m (EUR1.89m) to fund design and planning of an 18km (11-mile) tramway extension from Caufield (on Yarra Trams line 3) to Monash University’s Clayton campus and on to Rowville in the south-east suburbs. The proposal would mark the first major addition to Melbourne’s network since the 3km (1.86-mile) extension of route 75 to Vermont South in 2005.
The funding will cover the study of potential alignments, stop and park-and-ride locations, journey times and ridership forecasts – this work will begin “immediately”. Preliminary studies suggest the route could transport up to 3000 passengers per hour in the peak.
The first stage would involve an eastward line between Caulfield railway station, along Dandenong Road to Chadstone Shopping Centre and Oakleigh East, before reaching the intersection Blackburn Road and Wellington Road where a stop will be built to serve Monash University’s Clayton Campus.
Stage two would continue along Wellington Road to Rowville.
The scheme would involve laying tram tracks along the alignment of the Rowville railway line, dormant since it was first proposed in the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan.
The Victorian Government has also committed AUD60m (EUR37.7m) for the creation of an additional 2000 parking spaces at Melbourne railway stations.