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“We cannot reduce congestion by building more roads since immediately we get more traffic to fill them up to the same speed as before. The only way to reduce congestion is to introduce better public transport facilities which reduce the number of people who travel by car on the roads.”

– Professor Martin Mogridge, University College London

“According to Melbourne @ 5 Million, the widening gap between place of residence and place of work for the people of outer suburban Melbourne will eventually create unsustainable congestion in the inner and central municipalities. The predicted population growth in Casey and Cardinia makes this issue even more pressing, as there may be worrying economic and social consequences if the transport and infrastructure inadequacies are not sufficiently addressed.”

– Regional Plan: A framework for supporting growth and sustainability in Melbourne’s south Southern Melbourne RDA August 2010

The Monash Freeway is already
suffering from major and unsustainable congestion.

A recent report by Victoria’s Auditor General indicated that the Hallam and Pakenham bypasses are already significantly ahead of traffic forecasts and Pakenham has already reached its estimated capacity for 2030. With continued growth, Casey and Cardinia are estimated to grow by at least another 300,000 to over 520,000 people by 2026 and the Gippsland region by about 45,000 people to 305,000 people. The cost of congestion to industry and in time and inconvenience to people will continue to escalate unless decisive action is taken.

Ongoing accessibility for people and freight from and to South & West Gippsland will require significant investments in the rail infrastructure.

The proposal is to (i) loop the existing Cranbourne railway line through to Koo Wee Rup and across to Pakenham (ii) extend the rail line from Koo Wee Rup to Leongatha and onto Barry Beach and (iii) provide bus services that can feed people into towns from various stations on the line.

A new Cranbourne-Pakenham loop would ensure that all of the new residents in the growth corridor would be within ten minutes of a fast, efficient and low carbon transport. Crucially for industry the restored South Gippsland line would provide a cost effective low carbon transport system for sand mines at Nyora, forest products from the Strzelecki, milk products from dairy manufactures’ in Korumburra and Leongatha and a rail freight link to Barry Beach and Port Anthony.

The South & West Gippsland Transport Group
is seeking immediate action...

...to reroute Melbourne buses from South Gippsland through the bus-rail interchange in Pakenham and increasing the frequency of services. At the same time urgent forward planning is required to identify rights of way and cost of the proposed rail projects.

PDF Download the Project Proposals - September 2011 (235KB)

PDF Download the Project Map - September 2011 (617KB)

PDF Download the Proposed Bus Services - February 2012 (555KB)

SWGT Project Proposals for Transport Solutions Map