ABC News: East West Link: Victorian Government says traffic survey is credible. State Political Reporter Alison Savage. 11 Aug 2014
Aerial view of Melbourne from the end of the Eastern Freeway in Abbottsford
The Victorian Government has defended a traffic survey for the East West Link, amid claims the company it hired to conduct a major study is not qualified to provide traffic forecasts.
Last week, the Government released a survey from the TraffixGroup which showed the East-West Link would shave about 30 minutes off average travel times.
TraffixGroup has not been accredited by VicRoads to provide traffic projections and modelling.
But Transport Minister Terry Mulder said the company conducted a traffic “survey” and not modelling or forecasting.
“They did this survey, tracking 400 vehicles from the Chandler Highway over to Brunswick Road, worked out what the travel times were, worked out what the travel times were going through the East West Link tunnel and they came up with the figures they’ve provided to the Linking Melbourne Authority as to time savings,” Mr Mulder said.
“This is not a traffic modelling exercise.”
Mr Mulder said the benefits of the East West Link are clear.
“Getting from one end of the East West Link to the other end of the East West Link is still a seven-to-eight-minute time travel,” he said.
“That’s been established well and truly.”