Residents in Epping North and Wollert currently face a two-hour, one-way commute to work every day because there is currently no reliable public transport.
Mayor Lawrie Cox said with the population expected to increase in these growing communities by approximately 60,000 by 2041, a train line extension to Wollert within the next 10 years in vital.
“We need the Federal Government to help make the Wollert train line a reality,” he said.
“The Federal Government needs to contribute funds towards acquiring the final 14 per cent of land required for the rail and fund a feasibility study into how Wollert Rail fits with other planned rail projects.
“Our residents are telling us the limited access to public transport means they are sitting heavily congested traffic, missing dinner with their families and they have no time for sporting or social activities.
“We need the Federal Government to make the Wollert Rail a priority so that it can be delivered before the population boom, not play catch up.”
Residents can add their voice to the CatchUp with the outer suburbs campaign at catchup.org.au/Whittlesea and view more details about the other campaigns at Whittlesea.vic.gov.au/advocacy.