While the residents of Rowville have been waiting for a railway line since it was first proposed way back in 1969, there will be some solace in the fact that today, Daniel Andrews announced plans for a new 18-kilometre tram line from Caulfield station, all the way out to Rowville.
The route will head right down the guts of Dandenong Road, along Prices Highway, Wellington Road, and also use some of the land reserved initially for the Rowville railway line.
This will be the first major addition to Melbourne’s tram network since the extension of route 75 to Vermont South in 2005.
The proposed route is likely to be built in two stages, firstly to Monash Clayton—linking it to Monash Caulfield—then the second stage will take the tram route past Waverley Park and onto its final destination in Rowville.
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