Our Transport Mess
Our transport future is set to get worse as the Victorian
government plans to survey a route for a $6 billion freeway between
Balwyn North/ Bulleen and Greensborough through the Banyule Flats
Wetlands, Warringal Parklands and Bolin Bolin Billabong, the
so-called NE Link.
You can access information about the location of the freeway and
relevant maps at :
Climate change is an increasingly critical issue for all of us.
The recently announced expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)
in the outer north and west without a public transport plan
threatens the liveability of all of Melbourne. We cannot afford to
make Melbourne more car dependent.
Widening of the Eastern Freeway between Springvale Road and
Chandler Highway looks certain if the project is not stopped.
It is totally unnecessary as a major truck route and is no
substitute for high quality public transport.
Victorian government road noise standards are unclear,
inadequate and inconsistent. As many of us are only too well aware
a large section of the Eastern Freeway in Balwyn North has no
effective noise barriers at all. This is totally inadequate.
If North East Link proceeds it is uncertain that there will be
sufficient space on the Eastern Freeway reservation for a much
needed future rail service between the CBD and Doncaster. There
would also be a massive "spaghetti junction" at the intersection of
Bulleen Road and the Eastern Freeway.
There were no improvements in local bus services in Banyule as a
result of the recent Victorian bus services reviews. Local bus
services should be put within reach of all residents seven days a
week. As a minimum the Hurstbridge railway line must be
duplicated to increase train frequency.
Yes, there is a missing link and it is called Public Transport
and the lack of government support for cycling and walking as forms
of sustainable transport.
To read more about public transport issues click here to go
Transport section or to the Greens North
Eastern Metropolitan Transport Plan
Friends of Banyule have received further information in
2010 about the proposed North-East Link freeway via Clay Lucas,
reporter with The AGE Newspaper, who obtained details of the
proposal "North East Link - Infrastructure Australia :
Reform and Investment Framework" and a map of the route,
via Freedom of Information. Go to our North East Link
webpage for these documents
Some interesting history about Melbourne's freeway plans
| from the Blog of Daniel Bowen - Oct 2010 | Freeways Freeways Everywhere
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