The City of Casey is calling for the extension of the Cranbourne railway line to service the region's rapidly growing population. The State Government's expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary to encompass the Clyde area has reinforced the need for the line to be extended to Cranbourne East and beyond.
Casey's population is expected to reach 450,000 by 2036, an increase of approximately 175,000, many of which will be in the Cranbourne East and Clyde areas. In the next five years, the population of Cranbourne East, Clyde and Botanic Ridge is expected to increase to 38,000 and within 20 years it will have reached 125,000.
Public Transport Victoria's 'Network Development Plan - Metropolitan Rail' does not plan for the extension of the Cranbourne railway line for at least 20 years, when the need for the extension is immediate. Without the timely provision of rail and usable public transport, residents will be heavily reliant on private motor vehicles, placing additional financial strain on vulnerable families and undermining the concept of affordable housing.
A comparison with other rail-oriented growth areas around Melbourne demonstrates that planned rail infrastructure for Casey is severely lagging behind its counterparts. Rail provision to Melbourne's growth areas should be both timely and equitable, but the way it is currently planned is neither.
What Casey needs
Immediate extension of the Cranbourne railway line to Clyde, including construction of Cranbourne East Station.
Casey residents have their say
Council conducted a survey of Casey in January 2013 and found that around 70% of respondents from Cranbourne and Flinders state electorates and approximately 93% of respondents from the Bass electorate consider that the construction of Cranbourne East railway station is a high or very high priority.
: forecast.id.com.au (2014)
Populations statistics are based on the following:
- Wyndham (2031): Wyndham Vale, Tarneit and parts of Truganina
- Whittlesea (2036): Mernda-Doreen
- Hume-Mitchell (2036): Mickleham-Kalkallo, Beveridge
- Melton (2031): Toolern
- Casey (2036): Cranbourne East, Clyde and parts of Botanic Ridge