A liveable North East: North East Link Forum
Credit: Nick Carson at English Wikipedia [CC BY 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons You can catch up with the A Better North East – North East Link Forum (video link) organised…
The Law of Large Numbers – How much does it cost to stop a freeway?
Honest figures about cancelling East West Link, with an attempt to include everyone else’s time and expenses. Inside Story: The Law of Large Numbers by James Murphy (2 July 2018)…
A letter from resident groups of the inner west
Originally published in The Westsider: A letter from resident groups of the inner west – The inner west does not need or want the West Gate Tunnel project (May 2018)…
#GetOnBoard Community Powered Transport Plan
From Get On Board: Our transport system is a mess. Roads don’t relieve congestion, they create it. But state government after state government keep building roads. They keep putting the…
Your invitation to the launch of Melbourne’s REAL Transport Vision
Residents of Melbourne’s inner suburbs have been fighting attempts to carve freeways and tollways through our city for decades. In the 1970’s and 1990’s we defended the inner north against…
Melbourne is in the middle of a transport planning nightmare
From Sustainable Cities: Melbourne is in the middle of a transport planning nightmare. Our elected officials are committing to megaroad projects that won’t ease congestion. Instead we’re left with transport,…
Zombie Project hidden in North East Link Option A?
So you’ve heard about the proposed North East Link, but do you know about the options? Option A , one of the proposed options looks alarming for Collingwood, Fitzroy, Carlton…
Doncaster bus rapid transit?
Transdev Melbourne has made a pitch for “Doncaster bus rapid transit” Is it a viable alternative to heavy or light rail along the Doncaster reservation and Eastern median or is…
West Gate Tunnel EES released for public comment
Thirty days, yes, thirty short days to respond to 10,000 pages of the West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement! From Colleen Hartland, MP: thetollroadwontwork.org.au The West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects…
Reasons for de-scoping the Western Distributor
To all parties with an interest in the Western Distributor Here is Victorian Transport Action Group’s (VTAG’s) paper that assesses the impact of the Western Distributor (WD) and offers 10 recommendations…
Transurban – A Case for a Senate Inquiry
Secret Deals, Influenced Government, Over $1 Billion in Penalties, Neighbourhoods Destroyed, Environmental Impact, Tens of Thousands Affected and a Plan to Toll All Roads Michael Fraser and Maddison Johnstone investigate…
Farewell Flemington Road Gum
“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way” William Blake Tuesday 26th July 2016: Update from Guardians…
Submission on the establishment of a National Integrity Commission
In April 2016, WestCONnex Action Group joined forces with Victoria’s Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport and WA’s Rethink the Link to make a submission to the Senate Committee on…
Murphy v East West Link Supreme Court Challenge website now archived on YCAT
We have archived the entire Murphy v East West Link Supreme Court Challenge website from 2014- 2015 on YCAT for future reference and have included a new Media Coverage section. Note:…
The risk of unsolicted proposals
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…
Finally … The End Of The Road
From Residents Against The Tunnel (RATs): Finally … The End Of The Road For Murphy v State Government Of Victoria It has been a long time, but this Supreme Court Challenge,…
‘Peak car’ makes building freeways risky
AFR: ‘Peak car’ makes building freeways risky by Geoff Winestock (11 June 2015) A worldwide trend away from driving cars should make investors and governments more cautious about building big…
Route 100 Light Rail – Doncaster to Inner City
Route 100 Light Rail – Doncaster to Inner City by Victorian Transport Action Group The attached paper on a Doncaster light rail which continues along Alexandra Parade to Nicholson Street…
You Stopped the East West Toll Road
Saturday May 9, 2015: You Stopped the East West Toll Road, opening speech by Adam Bandt. Celebratory drinks at The Fox Hotel, Collingwood for everyone who worked so hard to…
East West Link “Letter of Guarantee” demands investigation
YCAT Editorial Here is a copy of the East West Link “side letter” to the consortium, signed by the Napthine Government that blackmails Victorian taxpayers. The timing of this document…
Neat, Plausible and Wrong: Melbourne’s East West Link
The state of Victoria, Australia, has long been a site of tension between an incumbent and powerful road lobby and a community increasingly desirous of non-car transport alternatives. Today there…
The Battle for Alexandra Parade
The proposed East West road tunnel is not the first time the inner northern communities of Melbourne have faced the onslaught of massive road developments. In 1970s and 1990s, the…
Fix Public Transport in Melbourne: We are not Sardines!
For the week starting July 9th we’ll be leafleting at train stations and targeting train lines all around northern Melbourne. We’ll have stalls, fliers and even a couple of sardine-themed stunts.
Meet at 7:45am at the following train stations:
- Monday – Greensborough, Keon Park, Richmond, Clifton Hill, South Kensington, Broadmeadows, Coburg, Moreland
- Tuesday – Reservoir, Collingwood, Macauley, Batman, Brunswick
- Wednesday – Watsonia, South Morang, Regent, Upfield, Glenroy, Ansley
- Thursday – South Morang, Preston, North Richmond, Fawkner, Jewell
- Friday – Greensborough, Rushall, Flinders, Jewell.
Public transport in Melbourne has suffered from decades of underfunding. Trains and trams are overcrowded, buses are unreliable and the city is still growing fast. Metro Trains is a multinational corporation that is given $600 million annually to run Melbourne’s transport system. Metro makes tens of millions of dollars in profit every year which is paid to shareholders instead of being reinvested into public transport.
The solutions are simple
1. Take public transport back into public hands. The government should stop subsidising Metro’s business and run public transport for people, not for profit.
2. Reinvest in public transport. A modern train signaling system would increase train line capacity and ease the extreme peak hour congestion on trains. We are calling for $1 billion to be reinvested into a better train, tram and bus system for all.
3. We need to fight for free public transport. The cost of running the Myki system isn’t worth it, and paying for an army of ticket inspectors to intimidate poor people is a disaster for public life.
4. We need reliable and frequent transport. We support ten minute all-day and five minute peak hour trains on all northern lines and indeed across the city. Trams should be taken up to 2 and 3 minute frequency in peak hour, and 5-6 mins all day. Bus services should run every ten minutes, all day with direct routes that connect to rail stations and times. All bus services should provide night time and weekend service.