Traffic in the Inner North

Carlton Main Sewer

YCAT Editorial

With the ill conceived East West Link taken off the agenda, the Andrews Government has announced a new agency Infrastructure Victoria to advise on major projects for the State.

Among other things, the agency will review the traffic and connectivity issues along the Northern Corridor that the East West Link proposal comprehensively failed to address.

Some observers fear that Infrastructure Victoria might revive the East West Link again. They could do worse than begin with a review of the 21 draft recommendations of the Landmark Norther Central City Corridor Study (1999-2001).

The Draft (and final) NCCC report found that if all the recommendations were implemented, there may not be a need for a tunnel.

One of the study recommendations was to close Scotchmer St at the Nicholson St median.

In consultation with stakeholders, remove or reduce the impact of through traffic and trucks on Gatehouse Street, Harker Street, and the Michael, Scotchmer and Pigdon Street route.

At the time, this was met with considerable opposition from local residents and incredulous traders. It was one of the factors that spooked then transport minister Peter Batchelor to promptly shut down the study before a final report.

Fifteen years later, the draft recommendations remain a draft. Despite a concerted attempt by the now scrapped Linking Melbourne Authority to discredit the study, the recommendations remain solid and reasonable today.

In an interesting twist of fate, the recommendation to close Scotchmer to through traffic has come to pass. Last October, Melbourne Water closed Scotchmer St just east of Nicholson St. It’s planned to remain closed until at least June 2016 while the Carlton Main Sewer is replaced.

So far, the sky has not fallen and the shopping villages of North Fitzroy and Nicholson St seem no worse off. The cycling route has improved and there are fewer trucks.

It would be a good opportunity for Yarra Council to update their Local Area Traffic Management Study to investigate the benefits of making this closure permanent.

Obviously doing just one out of 21 recommendations will not solve all the problems. But there has been progress on many of the recommendations, including some of the improvements to the 96 and 86 tram routes, improvements to the DART bus routes and a study into Doncaster rail.

Some of the other traffic calming recommendations have also been fully or partially implemented.

It’s time for a review.

East West Link campaign wins Community Service of the Year Award

Yarra’s Australia Day awards were presented at Council’s annual Australia Day citizenship ceremony held on 26 January 2015

We accepted this Community Service of the Year Award on behalf of all those countless people & community groups who’s selfless actions have literally saved inner Melbourne, greater Melbourne and the entire state of Victoria from a deluge of heartache, financial mismanagement, dodgy deals and a whole pile of unknown nasty stuff.

Our collective victory in 2014 against the East West Link is the beginning of a much larger campaign for this state: world class public transport to be built across all of Victoria. Come and join us!

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Clifton Hill Shot Tower happy with Victorian State Election result

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Even the skinks of Moonee Ponds Creek and Royal Park appeared happy on Sunday afternoon.

Seven News: Homeowners celebrate (30 November 2014)

Homeowners in the path of the East West Link have celebrated Labour's victory.

Featuring Residents Against the Tunnel – RAT, Harriet Mantell, Keith Fitzgerald, Mary Fenelon, Jackie Fristacky, Amanda Stone, Andrew Kelly, Daniel Andrews and #Rally4PT coverage from 15 November 2014.

Mary should be offered her property back immediately!

Posted by Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport on Sunday, 30 November 2014

Seven News: Homeowners in the path of the East West Link have celebrated Labour’s victory
Featuring Residents Against the Tunnel, Harriet Mantell, Keith Fitzgerald, Mary Fenelon, Jackie Fristacky, Amanda Stone, Andrew Kelly, Daniel Andrews and #Rally4PT coverage from 15 November 2014. Mary should be offered her property back immediately!

ABC Victoria: Victoria election 2014: Labor win a mandate to scrap East West Link project, Premier-elect says (30 November 2014)

Labor’s election win in Victoria is a mandate to scrap the controversial East West Link, Premier-elect Daniel Andrews says.

Mr Andrews is today seeking advice from government bureaucrats about releasing the business case and all documents relating to the tunnel project.

Throughout the campaign, Mr Andrews has maintained the East West Link “isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” and has vowed to tear up the contracts, which were signed just before the Napthine government went into caretaker mode.

Victoria election 2014: Daniel Andrews to release East West Link documents. Richard Willingham (30 November 2014)

Starting an audit of the state’s hospital bed capacity, beefing up TAFE funding and setting up a royal commission into family violence are the top priorities for the new Labor government, Premier-elect Daniel Andrews has vowed.

Ahead of briefings with bureaucrats on Sunday afternoon Mr Andrews said Parliament would sit before the end of the year, with back to work legislation designed to stimulate job growth set to be the first bill tabled.

Mr Andrews has also promised to release all documents on the East West Link on Monday.”The Labor government has a mandate to release all documentation in relation to the East West Link, a secretive, rushed and botched project,” he said.

Releasing the documents was due to be discussed at Sunday afternoon meetings. Earlier on Sunday Mr Andrews reiterated that Labor would not build the East West Link.

Guardian: Victorian premier-elect Daniel Andrews makes East West Link first priority. Melissa Davey (30 November 2014)

Discontent about the Melbourne road project became a key election issue after Labor promised to rip up the contract

Hours after being elected premier of Victoria, Labor’s Daniel Andrews is meeting cabinet officials about releasing details of the business case for the controversial East West Link toll-road, the flagship infrastructure project of former premier Denis Napthine.

Discontent about the lack of transparency around the costings for the East West Link plagued Napthine, but it was not until Andrews promised to rip up the contract for the project that it became an election issue.

“I want to make it very clear it is my view that the Labor government has a mandate to release all documentation in relation to the East West Link, a secretive, rushed and botched project,” Andrews told reporters Sunday.

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