The City of Casey welcomes the Victorian Liberal’s announcement of $928 million to extend the metro rail line from Cranbourne to Clyde, including two new stations and an upgrade to Cranbourne station, if the Coalition forms government at the next election.
City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM said Council had been advocating for Clyde Rail Link for many years and was pleased that it was being prioritised by the opposition Government.
“This is great news for the City of Casey, and we welcome the funding commitment to this critical infrastructure project that will connect our fast-growing communities to essential services and jobs,” Ms Duff said.
“Community support for Clyde Rail Link has always been strong. Prior to the 2018 State Election, our community told us that Clyde Rail Link was a high priority. This message remains consistent, with 97 per cent of residents surveyed in mid-2021 telling us they support the project.”
Ms Duff said transport infrastructure had not kept up with growth in the City of Casey, leading to increased pressure on local roads and limited options for those without a car.
“Lack of access to a metropolitan rail line makes it hard for our community to access the jobs, education and services they need. We need Clyde Rail Link to connect our fast-growing communities and to ease traffic congestion on our roads.”
Ms Duff said residents living in Casey’s growing suburbs deserved access to reliable transport options when they move to the area, and not years down the track.
“Our booming suburbs of Clyde and Clyde North are set to be home to more than 100,000 residents by 2031 and are currently without access to a local train station.
“The duplication of the Cranbourne rail line was completed in February 2022 and paves the way for the extension of the line. The rail corridor for this project already exists so all that is needed is funding for it to get underway.
“We would like to see commitments from all major parties towards Clyde Rail Link in the lead up to the election to ensure the project is delivered and that our community can enjoy the benefits sooner rather than later.”