First up – here’s the text of a earlier story as it appeared online at the Herald Sun at about 3.30pm, 11 December 2013
1. Herald Sun: Former planning adviser hits out at Napthine Government over East West Link and long-term strategy
A former key planning adviser to the Napthine Government has made an extraordinary attack on the East West Link project and the long-term strategy for Melbourne’s development.
Professor Roz Hansen, who chaired the government’s Metropolitan Planning Strategy Ministerial Advisory Committee, last night told a city council meeting the planned road tunnel was a shortsighted and politically expedient option to solve the city’s transport woes.
“This inner-urban freeway project will undermine, erode and destroy part of our Royal Park, being a special place of state and metropolitan significance as well as a signature feature of Melbourne’ renowned network of large parks and gardens,” she said. [Read more →]
Tags: Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) · Consultation? · East-west link · Issues · Media · Politics · Quotes
Join Our Snap Protest on EW Link at Parliament 12 noon 12 December 2013
Thursday 12 December is the last day of the Parliamentary term for 2013. Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. (PPL VIC), supported by the Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport (YCAT), has decided to call a snap protest on the East West Link Toll Road.
PPL VIC points out that extraordinary numbers of community groups plus Melbourne Councils particularly Yarra, Moonee Valley and Moreland have been engaged in campaigns (protests, pickets, demonstrations and forums/information sessions) opposing the East West Link and promoting public transport. Given the target is the State Government it seems fitting that community groups have some kind of finale for the year.
This is why a snap protest has been called for 12 noon on Thursday 12 December 2013 (the 12 th hour of the 12 th day of the 12 th month) on the steps of Parliament. [Read more →]
Tags: Campaign · Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) · East-west link · Events · Impacts · Infrastructure · Issues · Local Impacts · Media · Meetings · Politics · YCAT Media Releases
The Age reports on the traffic explosion predicted by this project. It explains some of the inconsistencies (or cover up) in the Comprehensive Impact Statement. There is a lively comments section too.
Secret report on east-west link reveals traffic explosion. from Josh Gordon State political editor for The Age. December 9th 2013
The east-west link will trigger huge increases in traffic on key sections of Melbourne’s road network, with parts of Hoddle Street and the Liberal stronghold of Kew among the worst hit.
The Napthine government’s own secret traffic modelling reveals hundreds of thousands of motorists face more rather than less congestion as a direct result of the $6 billion to $8 billion project.
The detailed forecasts, obtained by The Age, reveal traffic at the top of Hoddle Street near the Eastern Freeway – already one of Melbourne’s most congested spots – is expected to rise by up to 35 per cent during the morning peak by 2021 because of the project.
Traffic on other parts of Hoddle Street closer to the city is expected to improve by up to 9 per cent, but the figures appear to contradict government claims that overall congestion on Hoddle Street will be relieved by the project.
The report, prepared by consulting firm Veitch Lister for the Linking Melbourne Authority in July, also shows roads feeding into the Eastern Freeway will carry thousands more cars within the next eight years when the road, connecting the Eastern Freeway to CityLink, is completed. [Read more →]
Tags: Congestion · Events · Freight · Infrastructure · Issues · Local Impacts · Media · Traffic · Traffic Modelling · Transport · YCAT News
From The Age, December 6, 2012, by Adam Carey
A Queensland company that overestimated the traffic on Brisbane’s financially failed airport toll road has been hired to predict the traffic on Melbourne’s proposed $10 billion east-west toll road.
Queensland-based Veitch Lister Consulting predicted in July that Brisbane’s Airport Link M7 would attract 120,000 vehicles a day toll-free when opened, taper off to 85,000 vehicles within six months and eventually sink to 60,000 vehicles a day.
But the road, which opened four months ago, carried just 53,000 vehicles a day last month, less than two-thirds Veitch Lister’s forecast.
Veitch Lister was not employed by the operator, BrisConnections, to do the modelling but did it independently. Its forecasts eclipsed BrisConnections’ own, which predicted that the road would gradually ramp up to 160,000 vehicles a day.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said the toll road’s poor results – which last month forced BrisConnections into a trading halt on the stock exchange after its shares hit 0.04 cents – called into question the Victorian government’s assertion that the east-west link would carry up to 100,000 vehicles a day. ”The east-west tunnel will end up being a bigger white elephant than the north-south water pipeline,” he said. [Read more →]
Tags: East-west link · Traffic · Traffic Modelling