Melbourne faces death by gridlock, even with billions spent on new roads

The Age: Melbourne faces death by gridlock, even with billions spent on new roads Josh Gordon (25 November 2016)

Melbourne commuting times and costs, 2016, Photo: Infrastructure Victoria

Melbourne commuting times and costs, 2016, Photo: Infrastructure Victoria

Melbourne is set to become so choked by cars in coming decades that the average speed during the morning peak will drop to just 31 kilometres an hour – even with billions of dollars of planned road and rail upgrades.

In a depressing analysis of the challenges facing Australia’s fastest growing city, Infrastructure Victoria bluntly warns it will be impossible for Melbourne to build its way out of congestion.

Ramping up the case for a new regime of road pricing to better manage demand by replacing the inefficient and unfair melange of charges faced by motorists – including fuel excise, rego fees, licence fees, stamp duty, tolls and parking fees – the infrastructure adviser warns frustrations for drivers and public transport users will only grow. Continue Reading…

Homeless miss out as EVO flats acquired because of East West Link go on sale

Get that EVO feeling!

Get that EVO feeling!

Want to buy a luxury apartment with a chequered past and an uncertain future?

Pssstttt … those EVO Apartments in Parkville, across the road from Ross Straw Field, are up for sale. So much for this continuing shell game that the state government is playing via media releases, over dealing with Victoria’s homeless issues.

The Age: Homeless miss out as EVO flats acquired because of East West Link go on sale. Benjamin Preiss

Parkville’s EVO apartments, sold off the plan as offering a luxury lifestyle with views, were all acquired by the state government after it was revealed that the tower would be surrounded by roads as part of the East West Link.

When Daniel Andrews scrapped that controversial road plan, the government suggested the tower could be used to accommodate the homeless.

But that is not to be. The EVO apartments will soon be sold on the private market. Continue Reading…

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 our *favourite* rent seekers, Transurban, by calling for a Senate inquiry into Australias toll road giant. With tollways generating public debate, from East West Link, WestConnex and the unsolicited Western Distributor, we’ll be watching this development with great interest.

The Scandal: Transurban – A Case for a Senate Inquiry

Suicide is a word that appears all too often when speaking with toll road users.

Australian motorists have over $1 billion in outstanding toll penalties. Victorians alone owe $687 Million, which is 2.7 times that of road safety camera infringement (speed, red light and unregistered vehicles) offences combined.

When, in just over 12 months, our advocacy office received thousands of toll road complaints through our website and hundreds of calls, we knew there was a serious problem. Upset, angry and confused motorists from all walks of life were having problems with toll road operator Transurban. Continue Reading…

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