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Hoddle Street-Punt Road. Again.

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Hoddle Street - Punt Road: we've been down this road before

Hoddle Street – Punt Road: we’ve been down this road before

The Andrews government is currently reheating the idea of trying to do something about Hoddle Street-Punt Road. Do you have a bright idea or several? Light rail? Less car dependency? A North South Link? What about free public transport for MCG ticket holders to give Yarra Park a break?

This study arrives with some concerns. Firstly, the consultation appears to be coming after the government has already decided to introduce altered traffic flow for right turns. While it is good the government has fronted up with concrete proposals,  it invites the concern it is  a fait acompli?

Also, the government has ruled out any longer term projects that the 2009 study was considering – such as a  bus tunnel. This limits solutions to those that fit in with the electoral cycle. This means local residents (note the 2000 new apartments within 500m of Hoddles St), as well as cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users and even cocooned motorists will continue to breath the toxic sludge of Hoddle Street for decades.

Proposals that make Hoddle Street more attractive to motorists will attract more motorists. The demand will always exceed the supply of road space. YCAT and the local community will push for more creative solutions

Those of us with longer memories will recall the Hoddle Street Study and the Hoddle Street Study Stakeholder Advisory Group (HSSSAG).

YCAT is republising these reports today as the department has brought down their study website  www.hoddlestreetstudy.com.au

This is a disturbing trend in an age of electronic publishing and distribution, where tax payer funded reports are removed from circulation because they don’t contain the right message. We urgently need legislation to ensure that government reports remain pubished in their original location – even after the government department changes its name.

Stay informed with extensive Hoddle Street reading from the YCAT archives:

Media Release: Daniel Andrews: Getting On With Improving Hoddle Street And Punt Road

VicRoads: Hoddle Street-Punt Road corridor online consultation – open until 21 September 2015.

VicRoads: Hoddle Street-Punt Road Corridor Investigations – additional background and reports

VicRoads: Punt Road Public Acquisition Background Report

Residents and motorists are invited to attend local drop in sessions on:

  • Saturday 12 September – Catholic Leadership Centre Cnr Hoddle St and Victoria Pde, East Melbourne 9:00am–12:00pm and 2:00pm–5:00pm
  • Wednesday 16 September – Wesley College, St Kilda Rd Campus Cnr Punt Rd and High St, Melbourne 10:00am-1:00pm and 5:30pm-8:30pm

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The risk of unsolicted proposals

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Will the Victorian government read the VAGO report, take a breath and reassess that unsolicted Transurban bid for Western Distributor?

Read the VAGO Report: Applying the High Value High Risk Process to Unsolicited Proposals

Transurban to get $3b extra in tolls despite ‘insufficient’ evidence of benefits (August 19, 2015)

CityLink owner Transurban will reap more than $3 billion in extra toll revenue from the widening of CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway, in a deal signed by the Andrews government despite “insufficient evidence” it will benefit the state, the auditor-general has found.

The $1.3 billion widening of CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway between Melbourne Airport and CityLink’s tunnels was approved this year as a combined government-Transurban project.

The plan to widen one of Melbourne’s busiest freeways and boost its capacity by 30 per cent was pitched by CityLink owner Transurban in 2012 and ultimately approved by the Andrews government in April. It had also been approved by the former Napthine government, but was put on hold after Labor scrapped the East West Link.

Transurban will spend $850 million widening the toll road between Bulla Road and the tunnels, including Bolte Bridge, in exchange for a one-year extension to its concession deed with the state and higher tolls for heavy vehicles. It is expected the company will ultimately reap $3.2 billion in extra toll revenue from the deal.

Victorian taxpayers dodged a bullet

Independent.ie: Toll firms paid €28m to compensate for lack of traffic (14 August 2015)
In Ireland, private toll companies have been paid €28m ($A 42m ) by the State to compensate them for less-than-anticipated traffic on two motorways.

The sum is a result of so-called “traffic guarantee” clauses inserted in the contracts for building the stretch of the M3 from Clonee to Kells and the N7 Limerick Tunnel.

The clauses mean the State pays more to the motorway operators when fewer cars or trucks use the roads.

According to an internal Department of Transport briefing document, the guarantees were introduced to address the worst case scenario of “what if no cars drive on the road” and were needed to attract bidders for the public private partnerships.

East West Link – Just Get Over It!

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Everybody knows that the only surefire way to kill a zombie is to destroy the brain.

Everybody knows that the only surefire way to kill a zombie is to destroy the brain.

No, you’re not seeing things, there’s actually a “East West Link – Just Build it” Rally – in support of the zombie East West Link being organised for this Saturday 8th August 2015 at 10am.

We know, you asking yourself, didn’t Victorians vote on this contentious issue waaay back on 29 November 2014?

Obviously there’s no stopping some peoples requirement for magical thinking to make their lives bearable. In more positive news, Public Transport Not Traffic have called for a pro-public transport rally on the day.

Thanks to Samantha Dunn for the Just Get Over It image :)

Just when you thought it was safe to stop thinking about the East West link nightmare the Liberals have called an “East West Link – Just Build it” rally this Saturday (8th August ) at 10am on the Steps of Parliament.

This time they are trying to resurrect it for the Federal Election campaign, even after the people of Victoria rejected it and threw the Liberals out with it.

So lets meet them there and use it as a chance to talk about our positive agenda for getting Melbourne moving that focuses on pro public transport solutions. If you still have any campaign banners, t-shirts, badges etc bring them with you to help make it clear we support public transport not traffic!

Join us at 9.30am Parliament Gardens on the corner of Spring and Albert st opposite the Parliament station entry. We’ll walk from there to the steps of parliament together for our very own pro public transport rally.

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