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Project 10,000 - Labor's Transport Plan

Martin Mankowski's picture
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Daniel Andrews has released the blueprint for Labor's Alternative transport plan for Victoria.

 

http://www.danielandrews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Victorian-Lab...

 

  • $300 million to begin Melbourne Metro
  • Removal of 50 level crossings
  • Construction of the 'Westgate Distributor' - upgrade of truck route from Westgate to Ports area via off ramps at Hyde St.
  • Upgrade of Tullamarine Fwy and Hoddle St

 

Not a lot of detail yet, but great to see common sense has prevailed with the Westgate Distributor option over Westlink.  The Melb Metro will finally get underway, though still wont turn soil till near the end of the decade and still relies on federal funding.  Level crossing removal will finally get serious, increasing from the mere trickle we see now.

 

Thoughts?  Does it go far enough?

 

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Alastair Taylor's picture

They're hitting their target of "balancE" by focusing on level crossing removal - wise/smarter use of $6-8bil of funds (redirected from East-West link). Downside is a lot of disruption (what the Premier is now tweeting about) - which will be a problem, but overall: short term pain, long-term gain.

Extra car parking at stations is just really lame pandering to road lobbyists and yet still the biggest elephant in the room is reallocating space for more road based PT.

Clearly the reason many polis won't want to touch that as it might be too much, too fast, but overall, Trams and Buses feature far less prominently and as a start they should ressurect their policy of building a busway to Mernda - but rather widen the main arterial roads with bus lanes so non-Epping bound buses can also use the lanes.

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Melbman's picture

I struggle to see that much in the way of balance here really.

Using $5-6 billion that MIGHT come from a Port sale, while ignoring the fact that a 2nd port will be needed in a few years will be interesting.

The experts I heard today all seem to be saying what is being proposed is an impossible timeline. Seems like another plan that will blowout and be a mess to administer.

The Westgate "solution" really is not going to cut it. The road is already congested with limited scope to expand it. Can't see that working either.

Neither party has a real plan to solve the future transport needs, but this one seems weaker than I expected.

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Mark Baljak's picture

Port sale spoken of by both parties to finance major infrastructure projects

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/jeff-kennett-says-napthine-government-...

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Fares 'up 22%' in Labor's trains plan
January 22, 2014
Josh Gordon

An election-year row has erupted over the cost of Labor's pledge to deliver 24-hour public transport on weekends, with the Napthine government saying the policy would add as much as 22 per cent to fares.

Labor has estimated that the policy, announced by Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews on Sunday, would cost about $50 million for a year-long trial of trains, trams and buses running all night on Fridays and Saturdays.

But in a sign that the usual election-year costings debate could have started early, Treasurer Michael O'Brien released an alternative estimate he said was based on information provided by Public Transport Victoria and the Department of Justice. It shows the trial would cost $102.2 million to operate, more than double the Labor estimate.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/fares-up-22-in-labors-trains-plan-2014...

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Martin Mankowski's picture

Roll out the scare campaign. Good ol' Dennis is starting to sound a little desperate; not only does he not have any alternative transport policies of his own, but bleating about the opposition spending $50 million when you yourself are gonna spend $8 billion on a pointless tunnel is nothing short of hypocrisy gone mad! At least now I know what to write this week's article about. :)

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