The City of Casey is calling on the State Government to take urgent action to improve and enhance the public transport network for the growing communities of Cranbourne East, Clyde and surrounding suburbs.
At its meeting on 2 August 2016, Council resolved to write to the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, requesting a number of improvements including;
Additional and improved bus services for the Cranbourne and Clyde areas and a service to the Lyndhurst community en-route to the Lynbrook Railway Station.
Extension of the Cranbourne Railway Line to Cranbourne East and Clyde.
Infrastructure to support residents to use public transport including additional car parking and bike cages at Cranbourne, Merinda Park and Lynbrook Railway Stations.
Mayfield Ward Cr Amanda Stapledon, who spoke to the motion, urged the State Government to expedite a number of improvements across Casey’s public transport network.
“The City of Casey is eagerly awaiting the outcomes of Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) Cranbourne Bus Network Review, and urges the State Government to announce the bus service improvements as soon as possible and implement it as a matter of urgency.
“Council hopes the outcomes of the review will identify a number of improvements to the bus network around Cranbourne, Clyde and surrounds and address the current problems.
“Cranbourne East is the fastest growing suburb in Australia and the Clyde and Clyde North communities are experiencing extensive growth, reinforcing the need for improved bus and rail provisions in these areas,” Cr Stapledon said.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz added that there were a number of other improvements Council was calling for to service the growing communities.
“The extension of the Cranbourne rail line into Cranbourne East and Clyde is one of Council’s key transport advocacy priorities. The extension was promised by the Labor Party in 1999, but the project is not expected to be considered for at least another 20 years, based on PTV’s Network Development Plan – Metropolitan Rail.
“Casey is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria and much of that growth will be concentrated in the Cranbourne East and Clyde areas, which is only going to put further strain on the current transport network.
“Council calls on the State Government to bring this project forward and deliver this much-needed project for Casey, which would provide improved access to public transport for existing and new residents, help take the stress off some of our congested roads and reduce the reliance on cars and the associated costs of owning one,” Cr Aziz concluded.