East West Link rallies pit rival Liberal, anti-road groups outside Victorian Parliament

 

News article: East West Link rallies pit rival Liberal, anti-road groups outside Victorian Parliament

COUNTER rallies over the failed East West Link have faced off on the steps of State Parliament today.

  bevans Site Admin

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  melbtrip Chief Commissioner

Location: Annoying Orange
Some people just don't get it.

East West Link rallies pit rival Liberal, anti-road groups outside Victorian Parliament
bevans
What do people do not get?

That public transport is painfully slow and waste you time and has complex public transport fare system.

Public transport is painfully slow and makes worst when government or government departments  comes out with this statements:

"Commencing 21 June 2015, passengers using Sunbury and Pakenham stations were encouraged to board more frequent Metro services when travelling to the city, as has long been the case for people using stations such as Sunshine, Broadmeadows and Dandenong. This rule is being applied to coincide with launch of Regional Rail Link, which includes more regional services than ever entering the metropolitan network, and is required to provide customers with a consistent and reliable timetable, and will help to reduce delays in the metropolitan area.

PTV will undertake a customer education campaign to inform passengers of the changes before commencing enforcement later in the year. Customers using Sunbury and Pakenham stations will be required to board the more frequent Metro services when travelling to the city, as has long been the case for people using stations such as Sunshine, Broadmeadows and Dandenong. "

A Jounery from  Sunbury to Southern Cross goes from been 33 mins to 53 mins.

To drive - it 34 mins no tolls 48 mins

Bulleen to Sunbury: 44mins by car and would be less if North East Link was build

Or Pakenham to Southern Cross goes from been 64 mins to 74 mins.
To drive - it 49 mins - no tolls 65 mins

Most people are not travelling from the city and most likely travelling from another location:

Personally I think North - East Link is better project then East - West link .

It missing link of the freeway system needs to get done soon as possible .

Vicroads does not fine me if I wish to travel on a freeway for short distance and Vicroads and RACV respects the input I give them and it not like PTUA and PTV and which are disrespectful when comes to this.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

The fact of the matter is that fewer and fewer people are getting car licenses.  In 2001, 77% of 25 year old Victorians had a car license.  Today it is 66% and continuing to fall.

Toll roads are not the future.

Conservative politicians should focus on other issues, and not this one if they are seen to be forward thinking.
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
I saw some of the protest. it was basically the liberals bleating on again about a toll road and how victoria needs less public transport and more roads.  Could not believe these guys were serious!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

I saw some of the protest. it was basically the liberals bleating on again about a toll road and how victoria needs less public transport and more roads.  Could not believe these guys were serious!
8077
I am not pro-road, but I can understand why the Liberals are angry about the toll road not being built.

Premier Andrews and the ALP were in favor of this road. Indeed Premier Andrews did state whilst in opposition, not to build this road would involve Sovereign risk. Why did they change their mind? Because they did what both major parties are guilty of, blatant electioneering. They did an about face because the were scared of losing Inner City seats to the Greens.

Have the Government detailed an alternative to the East West Road? Well not really. They state that they will build the Doncaster line after the Melbourne Metro is build. Seeing that it is not due for completion until 2026, it will be at least 2031 before Rail to Doncaster is built. In the meanwhile what are the improvements to the Doncaster corridor!!!

Moreover, we will stop going on as if this as a Liberal Problem, it is not, It is a Victorian Problem. Both the Coalition and ALP have been guilty of pouring money into roads whilst sweating to exhaustion our rail assets!!!

Michael
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The auditor general has just completed a review of the East West Link contracting and has a damning assessment of the Liberal Party's approach to the contract, the secrecy, the rush to get signed and the total amount of cost to Victoria.  This liberal debarcle will now cost the State of Victoria $1b.  Just a disgrace.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The auditor general has just completed a review of the East West Link contracting and has a damning assessment of the Liberal Party's approach to the contract, the secrecy, the rush to get signed and the total amount of cost to Victoria.  This liberal debarcle will now cost the State of Victoria $1b.  Just a disgrace.
bevans

Not necessarily...

Herein an excerpt of what I wrote to the Age this morning...

Inevitably the East-West consortia partners are going to want a piece of the pie when the METRO rail tunnel is put out to tender.
Guess what...this is when the Government holds the upper hand regards the $850,000.000 paid out in the compensation debacle.

Mike.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I saw some of the protest. it was basically the liberals bleating on again about a toll road and how victoria needs less public transport and more roads.  Could not believe these guys were serious!
I am not pro-road, but I can understand why the Liberals are angry about the toll road not being built.

Premier Andrews and the ALP were in favor of this road. Indeed Premier Andrews did state whilst in opposition, not to build this road would involve Sovereign risk. Why did they change their mind? Because they did what both major parties are guilty of, blatant electioneering. They did an about face because the were scared of losing Inner City seats to the Greens.

Michael
mejhammers1


Agreed, and this has not been widely reported to date...As stated this was the policy position of the Andrews Opposition before legal opinion was sought and the Opinion was Sovereign risk would not an issue in this case because of the circumstances surrounding the signing of the contract to build the Road just a few days before the Writs were issued to dissolve Parliament. Moreover the road wasn't a policy of the then Baillieu Opposition and the strong opposition to its construction by 4 local government entities.

No doubt you'll never read this in the politically castrated Herald-Sun.

Mike.

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