A 2012 report reveals the former Liberal Government’s support for a six kilometre elevated rail line, up to six stories-high, through the eastern suburbs.
Despite campaigning against the Andrews Labor Government’s plans to remove nine dangerous and congested level crossings on the Cranbourne Pakenham Line, the Liberal Party had plans of their own for elevated rail.
The Rowville Rail Study, released and endorsed by the former Government, shows a 5.8 kilometre elevated rail line was being considered for the proposed Rowville Rail Line.
In comparison, the longest section of elevated rail under Labor’s plan is 3.6 kilometres.
On top of being longer, the elevated Rowville line would have been higher – up to 17 metres from ground level to track.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“The former Liberal Government released and endorsed a plan for an elevated rail line longer and higher than the structure they are campaigning against.”
“Not only would their proposed line have been nearly six kilometres long, it would have been six-stories high. That’s not skyrail – that’s spacerail.”
“Of all the Liberal Government’s broken promises on public transport, not delivering Rowville Rail is one of Matthew Guy’s favorites.”
“The Liberals are just jumping on bandwagons. They don’t know where they stand or what they believe in.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020