Fix Public Transport in Melbourne: We are not Sardines!

Fix Public Transport in Melbourne: We are not Sardines

Join the Victorian Socialists’ campaign to fix public transport in Melbourne

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.

Fix Public Transport in Melbourne: We are not Sardines!

Fix Public Transport in Melbourne: We are not Sardines!

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.

A letter from resident groups of the inner west

Say NO to West Gate Tunnel - rally for a sustainable Melbourne at Brooklyn, December 2017

Say NO to West Gate Tunnel – rally for a sustainable Melbourne at Brooklyn, December 2017

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)

It’s been widely claimed by the government and the press that the west supports the West Gate Tunnel Project. This is not accurate. A small section of one suburb, and one action group support it and even they have serious reservations about it. The rest do not. Community members of the Community Liaison Group made clear to Western Distributor Authority in December 2017 that considerable unresolved issues remained in the project. The City of Melbourne is opposed to the project and the City of Hobsons Bay has flipped flopped over the issues in the face of staunch opposition from its residents. Academics have published a highly critical report and significant professional planning groups have written to government with their concerns about governance and design.

But still the government has continued to proceed and get signed agreements with TransUrban, pushed through gazetting of planning scheme amendments and commenced construction in the knowledge that the community do not support it and the Legislative Council has the numbers to revoke approvals and halt work. The government has used paid advertisements from big companies and the website and press releases of one community organisation to justify it in the Parliament. This is brinkmanship, not good governance.

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#GetOnBoardVic – Day of Action: Monday 23rd April 2018

SNAP Action: No More $ For Mega Toll Roads

SNAP Action: No More $ For Mega Toll Roads

The Victorian State Government has teamed up with private interests like TransUrban to choke Melbourne with roads, roads, roads, leading to congestion, smog and tolls.

We know Melbournians want real, long-term solutions to Melbourne’s growth problems, NOT more roads. Our future as the world’s most liveable city depends on investment in sustainable public transport that works for all.

ONE WEEK before the budget is released we need to show our local MPs that we don’t want big bucks for more roads! We need to get our budget on balance by ramping up investment in public transport, local bike & walking infrastructure, shifting freight onto rail and more!

Bring along your friends, family, loved ones and even your dog to join the simultaneous, Melbourne-wide protest as we share our frustration with a Labor government who is pouring billions into new road projects.

Come tell our leaders we want a healthy, walkable, easy-to-get-around city that works for all, NOT just those who drive.

Join us on #GetOnBoardVic Day of Action this Monday 23rd April at your local member’s office below:

SNAP Action: No More $ For Mega Toll Roads (facebook event)

10.00am – 10.30am – Williamstown: Wade Noonan, 101 Douglas Parade, Williamstown
Contact: Better West – Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group

11.00am – 11.30am- Werribee: Tim Pallas, 2/56-58 Watton Street, Werribee
Contact: Better West – Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group

11:00am – 11:30am – Richmond: Richard Wynne, Shop 6, 232 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Contact YCAT

10.00am – 10.30am – Ivanhoe: Anthony Carbines, 56 Beetham Parade, Rosanna
Contact: Friends of Banyule

10.00am-10.30am – Mordialloc: Tim Richardson, 374 Nepean Highway, Chelsea
Contact: RAMF – Residents Against Mordialloc Freeway

Additional Resources 

  • Use these #tags on social media:  #GetOnBoardVic #NoMoreTolls #StopWestGateTunnel #NoEastWestLink #StopNorthEastLink #StopMordiallocFreeway #VicVotes #SpringSt #AusPol
  • Feel free to print one or all of these A4 posters with a choice of ten nifty slogans (PDF)

 


Media release Budget out of touch as community members combine forces against the roads funding priority (20 April 2018)

Community groups across Melbourne have combined to voice shared concerns that the Victorian Government is locking in the wrong projects for Melbourne’s future. Facing projects in every corner of the city from the West Gate Tunnel to the North East Link, the resuscitated East-West Link, and the Mordialloc Freeway, Melburnians are joining forces.

Melbourne’s transport budget is out of touch with big bucks handed over for mega roads, while public transport lags. Continue Reading…

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