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Tram link idea from Greens

04 Sep 2014

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A new public transport policy proposed by the Greens would see a regular tram service link Docklands with Footscray.

According to Western Metropolitan Greens MP Colleen Hartland, the connection is a “fairly logical” one and would provide a much-needed link.

The proposal, to extend the 82 tram 5km along Footscray Rd, would cost an estimated $80 - $100 million, according to Ms Hartland.

The Greens believe a tram running every 10 minutes along Footscray Rd would take 1800 cars off the road each hour.

She said there had been a good response to the policy and said it would allow opportunities for people living in Footscray and Docklands to visit their neighbouring suburbs for dining and entertainment.

“As long as I’ve lived in Footscray it’s something people have talked about,” Ms Hartland said.

“In my mind the best part of this is that it will provide an easier way for people to get to work.”

She said it would be a quick service, with only few stops along Footscray Rd and would probably be a 10-minute journey.

The Docklands to Footscray tram is part of a wider public transport policy developed by the Greens, which targets “17 missing links” in the tram network, according to Ms Hartland.

Maribyrnong Council has also been pursuing the Footscray to Docklands tram idea and was responsible for costing the plan, according to Ms Hartland.

At a council meeting on July 22 Maribyrnong’s councillors agreed to write letters to the State Government requesting a feasibility study and to the City of Melbourne seeking the council’s support.

A spokesperson from the City of Melbourne said council supported the creation of a tram connection with Footscray along Dynon Rd.

“Council’s Transport Strategy 2012 and Access Docklands Strategy both propose a tram connection along Dynon Road to directly connect Footscray into Melbourne’s north to south tram network.”

Minister for Transport Terry Mulder did not respond to a request for comment.

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