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Labor’s $50 billion suburban rail loop risks being a white elephant unless Melbourne embraces much greater population density in its middle suburbs, a leading transport planning expert says.
Professor John Stanley was one of the authors of [color=#096dd2]Plan Melbourne[/color], the Victorian government’s 35-year planning blueprint towards 2050.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, federal MP Anthony Albanese, Premier Daniel Andrews and Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan announcing joint funding for the suburban rail loop plan. Credit:AAP
He said one of the report's major recommendations if Melbourne were to maintain its liveability was to redirect population growth to the middle suburbs instead of the urban fringe.
However, Professor Stanley says successive state governments had failed to act on this.
“If you decide you’re going to do a project like this then you need much higher density around where the tunnels are so you increase patronage in the catchment,” Professor Stanley said.
Federal Labor's $15.3 billion commitment towards the rail line – including $5 billion for the Melbourne Airport rail link that will form one section between Tullamarine and Sunshine – is by far the largest infrastructure pledge of the election.
But Professor Stanley, an expert in sustainable land transport with the University of Sydney, predicted that other than the section between Monash University and Box Hill, the loop would struggle to draw enough passengers to justify anything greater than a priority bus service.
“There isn’t the population density and jobs density there to justify the kind of patronage you’re going to need on a rail system,” Professor Stanley said.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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