The Railways: Collingwood - Kew Line

The Railways Standing Committee accompanied by the Minister for Water Supply (Mr Swinburne) and the Mayor and councillors of Kew yesterday inspected the Kew Lunatic Asylum grounds through which it is proposed to construct a railway from Collingwood junctioning with the disused outer circle railway at Willsmere.

The Committee inspected the grounds of the asylum and also land in East Kew belonging to private owners which it was said, would be built upon if railway facilities were provided. The Kew councillors stated that not only had the Railway Commissioners ceased to use the outer circle railway between Fairfield (on the Heidelberg line) and Deepdene (on the outer circle line) but that they had dismantled the Willsmere station.

It would entail an expenditure of 2 000 or £3 000 to put the outer circle line into running order even if the outer circle line were reopened they contended that it would only serve the extreme eastern end of the Kew Asylum land and would be of no value in opening up the Yarra Bend Asylum grounds.

After the inspection the committee intimated that they would at an early date inspect the Yarra Bend Asylum lands and would then proceed to take the evidence of the acting engineer in chief (Mr Kernot) as to the cost of bridging the Merri Creek and the Yarra and the cost of constructing the line from Collingwood through the Kew and Yarra Bend Asylum grounds, to East Kew.

The Argus, 28th August, 1907, p5