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Rail Line For Rowville A Step Closer

By Belinda McGuire

A train line to Rowville is closer to becoming a reality after the Victorian government announced the next stage of feasibility work, news that may be welcomed by owners of real estate in Rowville.

Premier Ted Baillieu announced yesterday (March 5) that the Stage 1 Rowville Rail Study Final Report was released, saying that the rail line into the Knox area is feasible – after the Dandenong rail corridor is upgraded and the Metro Melbourne rail tunnel is delivered.

"The Coalition government will now commence work to plan the future alignment of a Rowville rail line," Mr Baillieu said.

Minister for public transport Terry Mulder explained that the report recommends options for train stations at Rowville, Monash University, Mulgrave and Waverley Park.

Mr Mulder highlighted: "The Coalition Government recognises the importance of improving public transport for communities in Melbourne's east."

However, treasurer Kim Wells said there are projects that will have to come before the Rowville line, as a result of an infrastructure backlog from the previous government.

He cited the Dandenong line and Melbourne Metro projects as examples of more pressing developments that can't wait.

Mr Wells said that while the state government is doing what it can, Commonwealth funding is crucial to delivering these projects.

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