Originally written for Broadsheet.
An Andrews Government proposal for a new tram route through Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs is being considered by Transport Victoria. Currently in the planning and design phase, the tram route would connect Caulfield and Rowville.
The first stage of the new route would link Caulfield Station to Rowville, with notable stops at Chadstone Shopping Centre, Monash University’s Clayton campus and Waverley Park.
The proposed corridor aims to ease congestion on roads around the rail interchange at Caulfield Station and the university, with trams running along Dandenong Road, the Princes Highway and Wellington Road.
The new tram route would also provide easier access to important scientific and medical facilities including the Australian Synchrotron (an accelerator that uses x-ray and radiation to study the composition and structure of different materials), the Monash Medical Centre and the future Victorian Heart Hospital.
The government has pledged $3 million in the 2018–19 state budget for design and planning works to explore the viability of the project.
In a statement, Premier Daniel Andrews described the new route as “the missing transport link for the south-eastern suburbs”.