I have just read about what is likely to be in the Brumby Government's transport plan due for release.
What a disappointment. It seems the government will avoid once again any signficant investment in public transport and keep building more unsustainable roads and freeways.
- Eddington freeway - Port to CityLink (freight, road). It may be needed, but more trucks and cars rather than rail.
- Western Ring Road freeway connection investigation - to ruin the green belt in Greensborough, Diamond Creek and Warrandyte. More Los Angeles style "freeways to everywhere".
- Freeway bypass around Frankston - having just constructed the unneeded and poorly used Eastlink, we now need to "extend the freeway" so that the precitable bottleneck at Frankston is eased, to ensure profits for Eastlink.
- A very expensive $8b rail tunnel connecting Caulfield to Footscray, but this is deferred. The cynical might say it will never be built. I am not convinced it is needed, or should be a priority. Underground rail is 20 times more expensive than on the ground rail.
- South Morang rail extension. Long overdue; if it happens it will be the first significant rail line to be built since 1930.
- Tarneit Rail link to growing western suburbs.
- NO Clifton Hill - Footscray road tunnel. It is not needed, would have been hugely expensive, and of course just encouraged more car use.
- No proper inner city metro for Melbourne
- No rail for Rowville and Monash University (promised for years)
- No rail for Doncaster (promised for years)
- No airport rail link (still thousands of cars and taxis every day, and hundreds of buses)
- No rail (light or heavy) for Melbourne's recent boundary expansions just announced by the Victorian Government (West and North of Melbourne)
And of course, there will be no consideration or measurement of carbon emissions for transport options - which will be much higher for road and freeways.
In summary, the Victorian Goverment's transport planning is a bad as their water management strategy. Ill considered, focused on industry lobby groups, and basically ignoring sustainable transport options that will improve Melbourne's liveability. Thumbs down.