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 & Clifton Hill residents, as it involves not constructing the remainer of the ring road, but building a freeway between Bulleen and Greensborough.

Option A will bring a huge amount of traffic into the city via the Eastern Freeway and could appear to be another attempt to ‘justify’ everyone’s least favourite zombie project, East West Link.

Other North East Link options would keep east-west traffic out of the city, obviously we do not support their construction, but they won’t threaten the inner suburbs the way Option A could. If built, Option A would create more traffic at Alexandra Parade at Hoddle Street, stretching beyond the existing peak commute times.

See below for NEL feedback links and please contact YCAT if you have additional ideas about any of the NEL options.

Please consider joining Residents United Against NE Link A​ to support them & stay up to date with local events.

Have your feedback here: https://jointheconversation.northeastlink.vic.gov.au/corridor-options/forum_topics/corridor-options

Upcoming event: Have your Say on North East Link: from Residents United Against NE Link A

  • 7pm -8.45pm, Tuesday 12 September
  • Venue: Kew High School Renaissance Theatre, 826 High St, Kew East
  • Community forum hosted by Boroondara Council
  • This is the community’s last opportunity to have a say
  • Note Submissions to NELA close on 18 September 2017

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 it a long term cop out? Will the proposed service get up at all?

Doncaster to CBD: Special busway may run down middle of Hoddle Street (8 June 2017)

It is estimated the Doncaster-CBD busway would cost more than $500 million to build, which is 10 to 16 per cent of the estimated $3 billion – $5 billion cost of building Doncaster rail, a project Infrastructure Victoria assessed last year would return just 10 cents for every dollar spent. Transdev wants to pave over the Eastern Freeway median – which has been reserved for almost 50 years for a future Doncaster railway line – for express buses instead of trains.

Comment:

1. The extra bus lane is physically accessible to all vehicles. This means the bus will be restricted to the same 100km speed limit leading to a longer trip than necessary.
2. Motorists will not be enticed to change to the bus if it is a lot slower than driving.
3. The extra bus lane will preclude the possibility to build a heavy or even a light rail.
4. The bus lane reservation on the freeway should be taken from existing vehicle lanes, otherwise the capacity on the eastern freeway will continue to fill leading to no net traffic reduction.
5. Freeway congestion does not affect the bus service today. It is the city street congestion that causes the delays. The freeway reservation does not not address the real issue.
6. The bus will be diesel powered. Bringing large numbers of engines that emit a class 1 carcinogen into highly populated city streets is madness.
7. The bus will be fossil fuel powered. All new infrastructure should be based on renewable electricity.
8. Trains are already massively overcrowded. How is the bus service going to cope with a population target of 10 million?
9. This is a sell off of public land that was reserved for a railway, not a private bus operator. Keep public land in public hands.
10. Cofevee. Don’t be fooled by this weak attempt at placating the electorate. Demand real action on public transport.

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 Statement was released on 29 May 2017, and the government is giving the community until 10 July to respond. There are literally thousands of pages of documents, and we are working hard to summarise these for you!

It’s really important that the community has their say on this toll road which will have a dramatic impact on our neighbourhood. You don’t need to be an expert and it doesn’t have to be long. We’ll be putting the summarised documents up on the site soon.

West Gate Tunnel Project information, submissions & EES
West Gate Tunnel Environmental Effects Statement
West Gate Tunnel Project Inquiry and Advisory Committee

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