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Media Release

13/11/1998

Public Transport Options Scrapped for Scoresby

The State Government has scrapped proposed public transport improvements for the Scoresby Corridor including the extension of the East Burwood tramline to Knox City.

This week, panel hearings began into the Environmental Effects Statement on transport options for the Scoresby Corridor which include the $800 million Scoresby Freeway, part of Melbourne's ring road concept

In their opening submission to the hearing the Department of Infrastructure and VicRoads effectively ruled out significant public transport improvements for the area - leaving only the freeway.

As the PTUA has suspected for many months, the proposal for an "integrated" transport strategy including new roads and new public transport services, was never genuine.

PTUA president Dr Paul Mees, said the positon taken by the Department of Infrastructure and VicRoads has now been exposed as a "sham".

He said that in the department's submission public transport improvements which would cost any money at all had been dropped, put on the back burner or left for cash-strapped local councils to pick up. These included:

  • The East Burwood tram extension (effectively scrapped)
  • Glen Waverley rail extension (scrapped)
  • Bus feeder services (left to local councils)
  • Express rail tracks on Ringwood and Dandenong Lines (effectively scrapped)


Dr Mees said the only public transport initiative supported by the Department and VicRoads was the painting of a line on Springvale Rd to designate a bus lane. He said there was little demand in the area for a freeway that would cost the Victorian community eight hundred million dollars but massive support for tram and train extensions and better bus services. 

"Throughout the months of this EES process the Department of Infrastructure and VicRoads have used public transport like a bag of lollies, like a sweetener to string the community along.

"Now they withdraw the follies thinking it's too late for the community to get angry. But they are wrong and we are more than angry. We are livid."

For more information contact:
PTUA 9650 7898


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