Road tunnel a good idea but is it a priority?

Posted April 24th, 2020 by admin and filed in 老域名
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The project itself is actually not a bad idea.

It gives Melbourne motorists a second crossing under the city, which in theory will ease congestion on a number of roads in and around the central business district.

But is it Victoria’s biggest transport priority?

Melbourne is a city that has grown enormously over the past 30 years, yet infrastructure has not kept pace under successive governments.

Train services to many Melbourne suburbs are so overcrowded it’s downright dangerous. Freeways and major roads into the city are clogged from morning to night and, in many parts of the metropolitan area and country Victoria, public transport is inadequate or non-existent.

The East West tunnel is one of a number of good ideas for Melbourne, but it isn’t the only good idea.

Eliminating level crossings, linking the Western Ring Road to Eastlink, building a third train track on the busy Dandenong corridor, extending rail to places like Mernda and Doncaster, extending the Western Freeway to the South Australian border, more city and country train services and transporting more freight by rail are also initiatives that have enormous promise.

In a perfect world, the government would have the funds to do all of these things.

But in an environment where money is scarce, is it a good idea to spend the vast majority of your transport budget on the one project?

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