More simple yet fundamental questions for East-West

 

The as yet fully released business case for East-West provides a traffic forecast of 80-100k - and now compare the Premier's statement with the current traffic data, thanks to Alan Davies on Crikey.

In summary: 40k on Elliot Avenue at present, Premier says East-West will eventually have 80-100k using the tunnel.  

Despite my bullshit detector running at 110% of capacity when both LNP and ALP parties speak of the need to have a "balanced" transport regime in Victoria, I can understand the logic of having another high-capacity limited access Freeway providing an alternative to the Monash and West Gate.  It's just that it shouldn't start/end at Hoddle Street - what about connecting the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough bypass with the Eastern Freeway at Thompsons Road?  I'm guessing the traffic forecast wouldn't be as high to justify any private sector investment.

Is Eddington's East-West report still valid given the shift of redevelopment focus to Fishermans Bend which in turn, once it kicks off, will put further pressure on existing heavy and port industries nearby?  If governments of both persuasions in the past and into the future believe in moving the bulk of Port of Melbourne operations to other sites then why are we consigning the Kensington-Footscray corridor to be developed around this road?

Although not endorsed and this is purely a concept by MGS, look at what the professionals are already thinking of for the Footscray/Dynon Road corridor...

...and ask yourself if this freeway will be worth it in the long run.

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Martin Mankowski's picture

Good point. Even Westlink (from the ring road to the ports area), despite a projected positive CBR of 1.4, will be a white elephant once the port is moved.

Given the development in Fisherman's Bend, and the possible development highlighted above, surely we should be concentrating on building the Southern Cross - Fishermans Bend - Newport rail tunnel and the tram line down Dynon Rd?

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