transport projects ahead of state election

Northern Star Weekly 8 November 2018 Laura Michell A bus service from Lalor station to Craigieburn town centre, the extension of the route 86 tram to South Morang and a rail extension to Wollert are urgently needed to improve liveability in Epping North and Wollert, according to Whittlesea council. The council has released its election wishlist, urging all local candidates … > More

Labor pledges new bus from Craigieburn to Mernda via Wollert

Northern Star Weekly 5 November 2018 Laura Michell Wollert residents will have better access to public transport if Labor wins the state election on November 24. Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny and Yan Yean MP Danielle Green last week pledged a new bus service from Mernda station to Craigieburn station, via Wollert, to improve access to train services, work and study. … > More

Brakes pulled on Wollert rail line

Whittlesea Leader 30 October 2018 Margot Taylor Property buy up for Epping line stalls   PLANS for a $600 million train line connecting Epping North and Wollert are going nowhere fast, with the State Government admitting land for the line is yet to be bought. Last December, Thomastown state Labor MP Bronwyn Halfpenny told the Leader acquisition of the final 14 per … > More

Easing congestion on agenda

Whittlesea Leader 2 October 2018 Margot Taylor Roads in Whittlesea can’t ‘cope’ with huge traffic volumes     WHITTLESEA Council is calling on local politicians to commit to reducing dire traffic congestion in the region. The council will lobby all local candidates in the lead up to the November state election. Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis said improvements to Bridge Inn … > More

Air your transport concerns

Whittlesea Leader 11 September 2018 Margot Taylor Parties to face grilling on gridlock   THERE is no question Whittlesea is plagued by transport issues. And people will have the chance to air their transport grievances at a Leader Transport Forum on October 4. Crippling congestion on Plenty, Epping and Bridge Inn roads will be discussed, as will the future of … > More

Mernda rail is a victory for the whole community

Whittlesea Leader 4 September 2018 THE rail extension to Mernda was years in the making. Here’s how it happened. 1959: Mernda Station closed after the line was only electrified to Lalor. Epping Station was reopened in the 1960s. 1999: The Labor Party says it will extend the rail line from Epping to South Morang if it wins the election. 2002: … > More

Whittlesea Council Submissions for Road Duplication in Epping and Wollert

Whittlesea Council Website October 2017 Whittlesea Council Whittlesea Council road submissions relevant to the ACA ‘Connect Communities’ Transport Petition may be found at website https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/about-us/advocating-for-community-needs/roads/ Whittlesea Council states here that ‘We are experiencing significant and worsening traffic congestion. Many residents have 2 hour daily commutes to work that significantly impact their wellbeing. The 2018/19 Victorian State Budget funds upgrades and … > More

Whittlesea Council Case for Train Line to Wollert

Whittlesea Council Website October 2017 Whittlesea Council A summary of the Whittlesea Council’s case for a train line to Wollert may be found at:  https://www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/about-us/advocating-for-community-needs/public-transport/ This summary begins with the following. A train line to Wollert Our community urgently needs a train line to Wollert.  Many residents currently face a two-hour one way commute to work, missing out on important … > More

Questionable Alternatives to Wollert Rail

Daniel Bowen Website & The Age 10 April 2018/ 11 May 2018 Daniel Bowen Two questionable alternatives to building Wollert rail on the Wollert transport corridor are: A rapid transit busway Light rail Major issues arising from these alternatives are covered in recent writings by Daniel Bowen from the Public Transport Users Association. Daniel Bowen’s article ‘Catch Skybus in peak … > More

Budget cash for ‘long overdue’ road upgrades in north

Northern Star Weekly 30 April 2018 Laura Michell Five of the most congested roads in Whittlesea and Hume will be duplicated as part of a  $2.2 billion budget commitment. The 2018-19 state budget, which will be handed down tomorrow, will include funding to upgrade 13 arterial roads across the northern and south-eastern suburbs. In the north, more than $1 billion … > More