VicRoads finds West Gate Bridge lacks strength to carry heaviest trucks
A VicRoads restriction means the biggest B-double heavy vehicles must use Melbourne's inner-city roads to move goods in and out of the port.
Andrews sold a pup
There are still people who think the solution to congestion is more traffic.
The government announced its intention to proceed with an unsolicited bid from Transurban to fatten up the freeways feeding into highly profitable toll roads. Transurban paid just $3 million tax after collecting $1 billion in tolls.
Transurban has been calling the shots on Melbourne’s transport strategy for a long time. This is a very opportunistic way to transfer even more wealth from western suburbs dwellers to the multinational conglomerate.
A proposal without any provision for buses should be condemned.
Transurban has consistently blocked the provision of dedicated bus lanes on assets that it controls. The fear is that when toll-paying motorists stuck in a traffic see a bus zipping past them in a clear lane, they may change their behaviour. This is not in the interests of their shareholders, despite being in the public interest.
A dedicated bus lane on the Tullamarine toll road would make Skybus a both faster and more reliable alternative. This would cost to the public very little, especially in comparison to an Airport Rail. While trains are preferred for moving large numbers of people into the CBD, buses come into their own in less concentrated suburbs. Congestion issues in the dispersed Western suburbs’ could be significantly aleviated by dedicated bus lanes and a serious provison of bus services along main arterials and toll roads. A bus that gets stuck in the same traffic jam is not an attractive proposition for anyone. Continue Reading…