Make no mistake: our public transport system is in crisis, and if safety concerns force the removal of the remaining Siemens trains from the network, the city is in danger of grinding to a halt. But it is the height of negligence for the Bracks Government to try and wash its hands of the matter and pass the buck to the private operator.
Handing the rail franchise to Connex in 2003 did not absolve the Government of its duty to serve the public interest. The brake problems first surfaced in 2004, so we have had more than two years to plan a response. It seems our current governance arrangements have been a barrier to any appropriate action being taken.
Continue reading Melbourne set to grind to a halt
The study commissioned by the State Government that concludes the EastLink tollway will bring $15 billion of benefits (The Age, 5/10) is flawed. On page 11, the report makes the astounding assumption that the tollway will not create new vehicle trips. Continue reading Eastlink study flawed
MALCOLM Turnbull’s call for a major investment in public transport, particularly rail, is right on the money (“Try rail, says Liberal”, Herald Sun, July 14).
An increasingly energy hungry world competing for dwindling oil supplies can only send petrol prices upwards, particularly hurting families without decent transport alternatives. Continue reading Right train of thought
WITH talk of another road bridge across the Yarra, it becomes clear that our planners, State Government and Opposition still have their transport thinking stuck in the 1960s. How many times does it have to be spelt out: Building another road just results in more traffic. It’s been the case with every freeway so far, the West Gate being a prime example. Continue reading Back to the ’60s
IT’S certainly true that the Public Transport Users Association has not always seen eye to eye with outgoing Yarra Trams boss Hubert Guyot on every issue (The Age, 6/9). But we agree on a number of topics – none more so than the need for tram priority on our roads. Continue reading Tram priority: we’re on the same track