High Capacity Signalling in question for Rowville Rail

EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

CONSTITUENCY QUESTIONS

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (Question 7622) The constituency question I wish to raise is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport. Only three months ago in this house I asked the minister on behalf of my electorate what the Andrews government is currently doing to progress the Rowville rail following her decision earlier this year to scrap high-capacity signalling on the revised Cranbourne-Pakenham line.

 

Now, in an apparent backflip, it was reported in the Age last month that the government was:

calling for expressions of interest for high-capacity signalling on the Melbourne Metro rail project …

and:

The high-capacity signalling will be installed on the Sunbury-Cranbourne Pakenham line and the new tunnel …

I therefore ask on behalf of the Rowville electorate: considering the already 18-month delay and that the trials of high-capacity signalling are years from completion, why has the minister suddenly made a decision to now install high-capacity signalling on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines, and can she advise the time lines for exactly when the signalling will be installed, thus allowing increased train frequency and putting in place what is a critical network for the Rowville rail?