Criticism grows over Rowville Rail report inaction

PUBLIC transport advocates continue to seethe over the failure of the state government to release the final feasibility study report into the Rowville Rail.

The Public Transport Users Association has joined in criticism being levelled over the state government's silence.

PTUA spokesman Terry Konstandelis said the report must be released right away. "The PTUA is concerned, as stalling the report for at least half a year clearly shows a lack of interest in getting it done," Mr Konstandelis said.

"We would like to see the federal government put money towards Rowville Rail too."

Knox councillors last month voted to seek a meeting with state MPs — including Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder and Ferntree Gully MP Nick Wakeling — to discuss the six-month delay.

Councillors also stressed the importance of the report's release before the federal election on September 14. 

The final stage one report was meant to be released in the middle of last year, while work on stage two — to continue the planning and detailed design work — was meant to be completed by the middle of this year.

Mr Wakeling said the details of the Rowville Rail feasibility study were being assessed by Public Transport Victoria and it would be released to the public "shortly".

Public Transport Minister Mr Mulder did not respond to the Weekly's questions.

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