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A scathing report on transport failures has been tabled in State Parliament by the Victorian Auditors-General Office (VAGO).
The report says, “over many years, the state has failed to deliver the transport infrastructure and services needed to support rapidly growing communities. This is adversely impacting accessibility, and risks the future liveability of metropolitan Melbourne.
“Urgent action is required to address this serious problem. Inadequate public transport and growing gaps in the road network in these communities are creating barriers to mobility, including access to critical services, education and employment opportunities.”
The VAGO points specifically to grow8ing needs and gaps in the growth areas of Melbourne:
“There have been some notable improvements to public transport and the road network in growth areas in recent years, supported by investment of around $2.5 billion. Examples include: rail extensions and new stations; bus route upgrades; road duplications and bypasses, and freeway upgrades. Nevertheless, most growth areas remain inadequately serviced compared to the rest of metropolitan Melbourne particularly with regard to:
This article first appeared on www.pt4me2.org.au
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