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Meeting our Transport Challenges



Meeting our Transport Challenges in Melbourne's Inner suburbs
Short term projects scheduled to start in 2006 - 2008
Improving bus services:
Over 250 service improvements to buses across Melbourne and extension of bus services to growing suburbs including local bus services.
Improving tram services:
Implementing major upgrade program on St Kilda Road to improve reliability and travel time of trams
Introduction of late night tram services on Friday and Saturday nights.
Improving rail services:
Introduction of late night train services on Friday and Saturday nights.
Encouraging more people to use public transport and walk or cycle for short trips including:
More than 50km of on-road bike paths will be developed each year in Melbourne and regional centres. Other improvements and extensions will be made around the State including the Capital City Trail which will be upgraded, removing the need to carry bikes over steps in Abbortsford.

Medium term projects expected to start 2008 - 2010
Improving rail services:
North Melbourne Station upgrade
Construction of second track between Clifton Hill and Westgarth
Progressively upgrade signalling in the City Loop to increase the capacity to run more services in peak periods
Upgrading Burnley Station to a Premium Station
Construction of third track between Caulfield and Springvale and between Sunshine and West Footscray to improve the capacity of the rail network and the reliability of train services.
Improving roads:
Upgrading the West Gate Bridge to change traffic flows and approaches during peak times
Widening the West Gate Freeway between CityLink tunnels and the Bolte Bridge
Introducing ramp metering and intelligent transport systems to control traffic entering the freeways
Adding an extra lane in each direction on the Monash Freeway to Heatherton Road.

Long term projects to be progressively developed over the next 25 years
Improving rail services:
Upgrading Flinders Street Station to provide more capacity to increase the number of trains
Improving facilities at Richmond Station to provide a high class and comfortable public transport interchange.

Meeting our Transport Challenges in Melbourne's South East
Short term projects scheduled to start in 2006 - 2008
Improving bus services:
Over 250 service improvements to buses across Melbourne and extension of bus services to growing suburbs including local bus services.
Improving rail services:
Late night train services on the Sandringham, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Cranbourne/Pakenham and Lilydale/Belgrave lines;
Additional rail services on the Dandenong line
Upgrading Frankston Station and bus interchange to assist passengers to swiftly transfer between rail and bus services.
Encouraging more people to use public transport and walk or cycle for short trips including:
Building new Park and Ride facilities in the South East suburbs
Improved on-road bicycle facilities.
Improving roads:
Improving arterial road networks in the south-eastern suburbs
Building a rail underpass at Middleborough Road level crossing to separate road and rail traffic.
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Medium term projects expected to start 2008 - 2010
Improving bus services:
Extending the existing Frankston to Ringwood SmartBus Yellow Orbital #2 route to Melbourne Airport through Blackburn, Redsborough, South Morang, Epping and Roxburgh Park
Introducing a new SmartBus Blue Orbital route from Sandringham to Williamstown via Brighton, St Kilda, Clifton Hill, Moonee Ponds, Highpoint and Footscray.
Improving rail services:
Construction of a third track between Caulfield and Springvale
Ongoing program of station and bus interchange upgrades across metropolitan Melbourne to assist passengers to swiftly transfer between rail and bus services
Continuing to provide additional Park and Ride facilities
Upgrading Pakenham and Sandringham stations.
Improving roads:
Upgrading the West Gate Bridge to change traffic flows and approaches during peak times
Widening the West Gate Freeway between the CityLink tunnels and the Bolte Bridge
Introducing ramp metering and intelligent transport systems to control traffic entering the freeways
Adding an extra lane in each direction on the Monash Freeway to Heatherton Road.

Meeting our Transport Challenges in Melbourne's South West
Short term projects scheduled to start in 2006 - 2008
Improving bus services:
Extending the existing Mordialloc to Box Hill SmartBus Red Orbital #2 route to Altona through Doncaster, Heidelberg, Preston, Coburg, Essendon and Sunshine
Over 250 service improvements to buses across Melbourne and extension of bus services to growing suburbs including local bus services.
Improving rail services:
Extra services on the Werribee - City rail line
Late night train services on the Werribee line as well as the nearby north western lines of Melton and Sydenham
Signalling upgrade between Werribee and Laverton to accommodate extra services
North Melbourne Station interchange upgrade.
Encouraging more people to use public transport and walk or cycle for short trips including:
Building new Park and Ride facilities at selected locations.
Improving roads:
Upgrading arterial roads in the south western suburbs.

Medium term projects expected to start 2008 - 2010
Improving roads:
Upgrading West Gate Bridge to change traffic flows and approaches during peak times
Widening the West Gate Freeway between CityLink tunnels and the Bolte Bridge
Introducing ramp metering and intelligent transport systems to control traffic entering the freeways
Adding an extra lane in each direction on the Monash Freeway to Heatherton Road
Extending the existing Chelsea to Nunawading SmartBus Red Orbital #3 to Airport West through Doncaster, Eltham, Redsborough and Broadmeadows
Introducing a new SmartBus Blue Orbital route from Sandringham to Williamstown via Brighton, St Kilda, Clifton Hill, Moonee Ponds, Highpoint and Footscray.
Improving rail services:
Building a new train station at Point Cook
Upgrading Werribee Station
Ongoing program of station and bus interchange upgrades across metropolitan Melbourne to assist passengers to swiftly transfer between rail and bus services
Upgrading the Old Geelong Road level crossing.

Long term projects to be progressively developed over the next 25 years
Improving bus services:
Extending and upgrading local bus services.
Encouraging more people to use public transport and walk or cycle for short trips including:
Ongoing program across metropolitan Melbourne to provide additional parking spaces at train and bus stations
Improving rail services:
Construction of a third track between Newport and Altona to improve capacity and reliability of services.

Meeting our Transport Challenges in Melbourne's North West
Short term projects scheduled to start in 2006 - 2008
Improving bus services:
Extending the existing Mordialloc to Box Hill SmartBus Red Orbital #2 to Altona through Doncaster, Heidelberg, Preston, Coburg, Essendon and Sunshine
Over 250 service improvements to buses across Melbourne and extension of bus services to growing suburbs.
Improving rail services:
Extra trains during the morning peak for the Broadmeadows, and Sydenham lines
Extra trains during the afternoon peak for the Sydenham line
Upgrading Broadmeadows Station
Late night train service on the Upfield, Broadmeadows and Sydenham rail lines.
Encouraging more people to use public transport and walk or cycle for short trips including:
Improving and extending the Park and Ride program at selected locations
Improving and extending the Upfield bike path.

Medium term projects expected to start 2008 - 2010
Improving bus services:
Extending the existing Ringwood to Tullamarine SmartBus Yellow Orbital #2 to Melbourne Airport through Blackburn, Redsborough, South Morang, Epping and Roxburgh Park
Extending the existing Chelsea to Nunawading SmartBus Red Orbital #2 route to Airport West through Doncaster
Improving the Coburg Station bus interchange
Improving rail services:
Rail and signalling upgrades for the Broadmeadows and Werribee lines
Construction of a third track between Sunshine and West Footscray
North Melbourne Station upgrade.
Improving roads:
Deer Park Bypass and Leakes Road interchange upgrade.

Long term projects to be progressively developed over the next 25 years
Improving bus services:
A new SmartBus Blue Orbital to run from Sandringham to Williamstown via Brighton, St Kilda, Clifton Hill, Moonee Ponds, Highpoint and Footscray
Extending the existing Chelsea to Nunawading SmartBus Red Orbital #3 route to Airport West through Doncaster, Eltham, Redsborough and Broadmeadows.
Improving rail:
Investigation of the reopening of Roxburgh Park to Upfield link.

Meeting our Transport Challenges in Melbourne's North East
Short term projects scheduled to start in 2006 - 2008
Improving bus services:
Extending the existing Mordialloc to Box Hill SmartBus Red Orbital #2 to Altona via Doncaster, Heidelberg, Preston, Coburg, Essendon and Sunshine
Over 250 service improvements to buses across Melbourne and the extension of bus services to growing suburbs.
Improving rail services:
Late night train services on the Epping and Hurtsbridge lines.
Encouraging more people to use public transport and walk or cycle for short trips including:
More than 50km of on-road bike paths will be developed each year in Melbourne and regional centres. Other improvements and extensions will be made around the state, including upgrading the Capital City Trail, removing the need to carry bikes over steps in Abbotsford.
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Medium term projects expected to start 2008 - 2010
Improving bus services:
Extending the existing Chelsea to Nunawading SmartBus Red Orbital #2 route to Airport West through Doncaster
Extending the existing Frankston to Ringwood SmartBus Yellow Orbital to Melbourne Airport through Blackburn, Redsborough, South Morang, Epping and Roxburgh Park.
Improving rail services:
Reversal of Clifton Hill City Loop operations in the morning to enable more trains to run through the loop
Clifton Hill to Westgarth track duplication.
Improving tram services:
Priority treatment of trams at intersections
Increased segregation between trams and other road users
Improving the safety of passenger access routes to trams
Improved safety for passengers waiting at tram stops.

Long term projects to be progressively developed over the next 25 years
Improving rail services:
Construction of second track Keon Park to Epping
Extension of line from Epping to South Morang.
 

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Another glossy brochure outlining general maintainence and improvements to the system which should have been done over the past ten years.

$10.5 billion sounds good but that is over 10 years.

This policy confirms that the govenrment will not build rail extension to Doncaster or Rowville within 25 years and has ignored the findings of the findings of the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit study and will instead only improve freeway bus services (although later in the report it says that light rail will be considered along the Eastern Freeway as a part of the East-West link study??? even that rules out heavy rail)

Also the good new is that the rail line will be extended to South Morang, the bad news is that it will commence between 2016 and 2021 hehehe what a joke.

They are going to build an east west tunnel because they already have a detailed report into the issue which said that haevy rail should be built to Doncaster but no road tunnel from the end of the Eastern Freeway so why else would you need a new report in to the same issue if not to come up with a different reccomeendations?
 

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Also the east-west road tunnel will cost more than all of the public transport improvements put together.
 

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What a joke....just reannouncing projects we already know about. Nothing new...hopefully Baillieu and the Libs can offer a credible alternative, although I doubt they will.
 

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Six years in Government and this is the best they can come up with? Where is the triplication of the railway line between Box Hill and Ringwood? Ask anyone in the eastern suburbs - it is such a no-brainer. And it was promised in 1999.

Perhaps if the State took over the PT again, we could save that 1.5 billion annually and add it to the programme to see some serious upgrades.

And they better not boast about introducing those late night services. That is another no-brainer which should have been implimented in 1999 as well.

Then there is the problem at Nunawading station with Springvale Road and Maroondah Highway....

Just hopless. Thanks Peter...


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While I'm pleased to see triplication of the lines to Springvale & Sunshine on the agenda (and duplication between Clifton Hill and Westgarth!) - also South Morang- it does seem like things are going to take place very slowly.
 

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What a colourful press release.

Tell me, how many times has all of this been announced before.

Victoria - The Place to Be for a Do nothing Government!
 

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From The Age

Transurban to upgrade Melbourne tollway
May 17, 2006

Tollway operator Transurban Group will upgrade its CityLink tollway in Melbourne at a cost of $166 million.

The upgrade is part a move by the company, the Victorian government and VicRoads to reduce congestion on the 75km West Gate-CityLink (Southern Link)-Monash Freeway corridor.

The Victorian government will fund the non-CityLink works, at an estimated cost of $737 million.

Full project completion is expected by December 2010.

Transurban said the $166 million for the CityLink upgrade would be drawn down over a three-year construction period, using funds from the company's distribution reinvestment plan.

The company said its capital investment in the Southern Link would generate an effective internal rate of return of 11.1 per cent.

Transurban expects to fully recover all Southern Link capital costs and any revenue lost during the construction period from its share of the increased revenue generated by the road upgrades.

Transurban managing director Kim Edwards said the upgrade to the CityLink part of the 75km road corridor would involve adding an extra lane in each direction from the CityLink tunnels to the start of the Monash Freeway.

The upgrade will not involve any major capital works for the CityLink tunnels.

An improved traffic management system is also expected to boost traffic capacity.

The new project will increase capacity in the (75km) corridor by roughly 55 per cent (on average, across all sections)," Mr Edwards said.

Mr Edwards said it was expected that traffic capacity in the CityLink tunnels would improve by about 40 per cent.

In a separate deal between Transurban and the Victorian government announced on Wednesday, the state will swap $2.9 billion in future "rent" to be paid by Transurban under the Melbourne CityLink Concessions Deed for $609 million in payments to be made by Transurban over the next four years.

Mr Edwards said the payments to the state in relation to the concession notes were being repurchased at a discount rate of 9.7 per cent and would be funded from new subordinated loan facilities at a cost of about 6.8 per cent.

Mr Edwards said the CityLink upgrade and the accelerated payments of the concession notes would have no impact on Transurban's results or distribution payments in the medium term.
 

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From 'Egoli':

Transurban Group (TCL) has reached an agreement with the state of Victoria and VicRoads to jointly fund upgrades and improvements to 75 kilometres of the West Gate–CityLink–Monash Freeway. Transurban said it would jointly undertake significant improvements over a four-year period in conjunction with VicRoads to alleviate congestion on the road corridor.

The company said the project would tackle congestion and improve capacity by implementing a tidal flow lane on the West Gate Bridge, which would create 25% additional capacity during peak periods, delaying the need for bridge duplication from 2007 to 2012.

TCL said the project would also involve construction of a series of overpasses between the West Gate Bridge and the CityLink Tunnels to eliminate weaving and improve safety.

Extra lane capacity would also be added in each direction from the West Gate Bridge to Heatherton Road at the eastern end of the Monash Freeway.

The project would result in the resolution of existing congestion problems, improved safety and travel time savings of 20 minutes, with a travel time saving of 38 minutes from Narre Warren in the south east to Werribee in the south west.

The project enhances the corridor’s role as the economic spine of Melbourne, Transurban said, linking the port of Melbourne and the central business district with industry in the city’s west and manufacturing in the east.

Transurban said it would fund the CityLink upgrade, which is estimated to cost $166 million and would be drawn down over the three-year construction period, using funds raised via the distribution reinvestment plan.

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Damn, Victoria sure does love their Freeways!

In 2010: We'll now have an 8-lane monash, a 10 lane Westgate and a whole bunch of new overpasses and ramps!
 

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It's a real shame they're proposing light rail for Doncaster (unless they mean extending the 24 and 48 past Balwyn Nth?).

It seems like a euphemism for continuing a 30+ year long period of bustitution following the abortion of the original plans. Doncaster is the perfect place for a heavy rail line: few other viable choices for public transport, largely intact reservation down the Eastern Fwy median and intersects with the least busy train group.

I sometimes doubt whether the powers that be realise that the rolling hills and orchards of Doncaster are no more! :bash:

Edit: Never mind me. I just realised Grollo already raised this exact point.
 

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The good: public transport receives a much higher proportion of this statement's slushfund...... up from a whopping 5% based on past PT 'initiatives'.

The bad: the Public transport money is going into big projects which aren't really that high up on the priority list.

Surprises: Footscray - Sunshine triplication and Rock Bank (Sunshine?) - Melton duplication. Good for Bendigo/Ballarat V/lines and similarly La Trobe Valley V/Lines eventually. This at least signals to me they're placing a greater emphasis on clearways / more infrstructure that can have multiple uses (express suburbans in peak, and clearways for V/Lines throughout).

What's missing: a single entity like VicRoads which would co-ordinate everything to do with Public Transport. Roads are no where near as sensitive to politics as public transport and I'd be willing to bet you'd have a much more 'balanced' statement (and sustained commitment!) if that were the case.

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http://www.theage.com.au/news/opini...1147545386932.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

A plan with no one in charge

May 18, 2006

"Nobody is in charge of providing a comprehensive public transport service in North Richmond, or anywhere else in Melbourne."

Melbourne's secretly prepared transport statement persists with a privatised system in crisis, writes Paul Mees.

MELBOURNE'S only Ikea store is at Victoria Gardens shopping centre in North Richmond. The centre, which opened three years ago, also has a Kmart, eight-screen cinema, bowling alley and 70 shops. People living east or west of Victoria Gardens can get there on the No. 109 tram along Victoria Street, but for those living to the south or north there is no public transport access.

Victoria Gardens fronts on to Burnley Street, which runs south and connects across the Yarra to Toorak, but there has been no bus service along this street for 15 years. Nor are there any plans to provide a service, despite ample demand from shopping centre patrons, the growing number of residents, and passengers from the seven rail lines that pass through Burnley and Toorak stations. If we can't even fix a simple problem like this, no wonder bigger issues such as building new train lines in the outer suburbs are not being tackled.

The reason nothing is happening is simple: nobody is in charge of providing a comprehensive public transport service in North Richmond, or anywhere else in Melbourne. Connex isn't responsible: it runs trains; Yarra Trams run trams; bus companies operate individual bus routes. The Department of Infrastructure's "office of the director of public transport" monitors the private operators and their byzantine franchise agreements. The local council employs "sustainable transport officers", who spend their time promoting cycling.

An army of managers administers the existing dysfunctional system, which eats up more than a billion dollars a year in fares and subsidies, but nobody plans any significant improvements. Instead, the Government tries to create the illusion of action by trumpeting minor changes such as bus services being "upgraded" to run once an hour (but not along Burnley Street), while offering excuses for doing nothing substantial. That's what yesterday's Transport and Liveability Statement was about.

Meanwhile, Vancouver has displaced Melbourne as winner of those "most liveable city" awards we used to dominate, thanks largely to its success in improving public transport. In July last year, Vancouver's regional transport agency, Translink, published its five-year plan for the inner city, covering equivalent areas to North Richmond.

How different the Vancouver-UBC Transit Plan is from yesterday's statement in Melbourne. The Melbourne document was produced in secret by unnamed officials and leaked in stages to journalists. The Vancouver plan is the result of a year-long public process, which involved Translink working with the local council, community and the University of British Columbia to identify problems and gaps, then fix them. There was full disclosure of information about revenue, subsidy levels, patronage and other things that are "commercially confidential" here.

The Vancouver plan does not discuss providing services to shopping centres that opened three years ago - that was sorted out in advance by the previous five-year plan. The main problem it addresses is overcrowding caused by the success of the previous plan, which has enabled the University of British Columbia to eliminate 3000 on-campus parking spaces. The busiest express bus lines will be replaced with rail services; the busiest regular bus routes will be converted to express operation; service frequencies will be improved across the system; new routes will be added to serve emerging travel demands; staffing will be increased at stations to improve safety.

And the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Public transport fares are lower in Vancouver than Melbourne, and so is the public subsidy, measured per passenger or per head of population. Public transport's share of motorised trips has increased from 12 to 13 per cent in the past five years (the Melbourne figure is believed to be stuck at 9 per cent, but nobody is sure because we don't do regular surveys).

So what explains the difference? Transport planners in Vancouver are astonished to hear that Melbourne is doing worse than them: we have a much bigger rail system, we kept our trams, and we have a higher population density. But when Melbourne's system of private franchises and public non-responsibility is explained, the Vancouver planners can instantly see what our problem is. The only thing that confuses them is why Melbourne persists with privatisation when it has failed here and everywhere else it's been tried.

That is the question the transport and liveability statement needed to answer. The Government needed to promise that when the Connex, Yarra and bus contracts expire over the next two years, it would seize the opportunity to establish a competent, dynamic, accountable agency of the kind found in every city with successful public transport. It is the silence on this issue, even more than the absence of new train lines, that marks yesterday's statement as a failure.

Paul Mees teaches transport planning in the urban planning program at the University of Melbourne.

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$1b to free up city traffic
Liam Houlihan, transport reporter
18may06 http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5478,19172592^661,00.html

DRIVERS have been promised dramatic time savings under a $1 billion plan to unclog the Monash and West Gate freeways.

The average speed in peak periods is tipped to increase from 25km/h to 75km/h, according to the Government.
But it comes at a huge cost to taxpayers. Under a sweetheart deal, the Bracks Government will forgo almost $2.3 billion in dues from CityLink operator Transurban over the next 30 years for $600 million upfront to be spent on the overhaul.

CityLink will contribute another $166 million of its own.

Over four years, lanes will be added in both directions on the Monash between Glenferrie and Heatherton roads. This will slash 20 minutes from peak travel times, the Government says.

The West Gate Freeway will be widened and lanes temporarily switched on West Gate Bridge to handle peak-hour volumes.

The painful peak-hour crawl along the Monash and West Gate freeways has long been a bane for drivers.

Discontent reached boiling point recently when a freak truck crash on the Monash brought the city's road system grinding to a halt.

Peak-hour time savings ranging from seven to 38 minutes were promised by road authorities yesterday -- Dandenong to the city would be cut by 23 minutes, Werribee to the city by 20 minutes and Warrigal Rd to Western Ring Rd by 15 minutes.

VicRoads said the average peak-hour speed would rise from 25km/h to a smoother 75km/h.

"The project is expected to reduce the number of casualty crashes along the route by 50 a year to 200," spokeswoman Jennifer Howard said.

Speculation on a new westbound bridge over the Yarra or a tunnel linking east and western suburbs has been dashed. Instead, the Government confirmed yesterday it would undergo a $5 million study of options for the east-west corridor.

The Monash widening will consist of a $740 million addition of two lanes between Glenferrie and Heatherton roads. The West Gate Freeway will be widened between the CityLink tunnels and Bolte Bridge. Ramps will get stop lights to ease on two vehicles at a time.

A counter-flow lane will be introduced in peak times on the West Gate Bridge. Instead of four lanes each way there'll be five into the city in the morning and five away in the evening.

Premier Steve Bracks said congestion was causing headaches for drivers and freight. He said strong growth in suburbs along the route contributed to gridlock.

Works will stretch over 75km from Werribee in the west to Narre Warren in the east.

Other road funding announced yesterday included:

A $1.3 BILLION upgrade of arterial roads in outer suburbs.

RURAL roads and bridges to get a $687 million improvement.

LEVEL crossing works statewide at more than $200 million.


What a load of shit! Adding a couple of lanes here and there is not going to increase peak hour speeds from 25 to 75 kilometres per hour or save 23 minutes on a trip from Dandenong to the CBD in peak hour.

Those travel time savings are similar to the travel time savings that were promised for Citylink when it was opened. Are they trying to convince use that an extra $610 million will have the same benefit as the 2.5+ billion spent on the whole of Citylink?

I will give them the benefit of the doubt on the statement that this project reduce the number of casulty crashes along the route by 50 to 200, 250 is the road toll for the whole of Victoria, maybe the Herald-Sun quoted them wrong.

If they are saying that this project, or all the road projects which are part of the plan, will reduce the road toll by 50 then that is bullshit and an offensive lie because the billions and billions that have been spent on road projects since 1994 have not reduce the road toll by that much.

Notice that they haven't released a report or any information backing up these claims. Every public transport improvement has to undergo rigorous and extensive public consultation and cost benefit analysis yet this project is just given the green light with no consultation or cost benefit analysis, yet another joke.
 

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http://www.theage.com.au/news/opini...1147545386932.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

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"Nobody is in charge of providing a comprehensive public transport service in North Richmond, or anywhere else in Melbourne."

Melbourne's secretly prepared transport statement persists with a privatised system in crisis, writes Paul Mees.

MELBOURNE'S only Ikea store is at Victoria Gardens shopping centre in North Richmond. The centre, which opened three years ago, also has a Kmart, eight-screen cinema, bowling alley and 70 shops. People living east or west of Victoria Gardens can get there on the No. 109 tram along Victoria Street, but for those living to the south or north there is no public transport access.

Victoria Gardens fronts on to Burnley Street, which runs south and connects across the Yarra to Toorak, but there has been no bus service along this street for 15 years. Nor are there any plans to provide a service, despite ample demand from shopping centre patrons, the growing number of residents, and passengers from the seven rail lines that pass through Burnley and Toorak stations. If we can't even fix a simple problem like this, no wonder bigger issues such as building new train lines in the outer suburbs are not being tackled.

The reason nothing is happening is simple: nobody is in charge of providing a comprehensive public transport service in North Richmond, or anywhere else in Melbourne.
Whoa! Not only is Paul spot on (he usually is), but this actually got published the morning after the release?!?!?! Bravo to The Age.

What's odd about this plan is that the outer suburban marginals got sweet nothing out of this plan.

2/3rds of Melbourne is stuck with the local bus network running somwhere near where they live. At present that runs 40-50 minute frequencies 7am-6pm M-F and about hourly on Saturday mornings. The plan is to expand span to 9pm and also introduce Saturday afternoon and Sunday services, but only run them hourly, and the increases won't kick in for some years (so they may not happen at all given the record of PT projects being announced by this government and then promptly being forgotten about).

You need <10 minute frequencies preferably, 15 at the outside, to make bus services attractive to car users. That has not happened, it's not planned, and the TLS is meant to look decades ahead and it's not even planned for 2025. As such there'll be no modal shift except for the people near the three or four bus routes that are actually being upgraded beyond the local standard (but then not for the better part of a decade). As such people in the outer suburban marginals will be stuck in their cars.

There'll be a widening of the Monash Freeway and a peak flow lane on the West Gate Bridge, but that's about all. As these are near-term projects (unlike the PT improvements) they are most likely to be delivered but they will fill up straight away and won't really achieve anything.

As such, Peter Batchelor has just set up the Bracks Government for a backlash in the marginals. Ballieu has been handed a transport gift on a silver platter and could grab it and run with it all the way to November if he so desired. One way or another, I'm pretty sure Peter Batchelor won't be Transport Minister come the night of November 25. And if the ALP has any sense, it will be a mite sooner.
 

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Redsborough???

"....Extending the existing Frankston to Ringwood SmartBus Yellow Orbital #2 route to Melbourne Airport through Blackburn, Redsborough, South Morang, Epping and Roxburgh Park ......"


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Hurray for Paul Mees, they're about the most sensible things I've ever heard from him; usually the only press releases we hear from him are rabidly anti-car when a serious integrated plan for Melbourne would bring into balance all modes of transport, not discount one entirely in favour of others. The idea of a single regulating authority for roads and PT (or all modes of PT together) would solve a host of problems in this city.

With regards to Bracks and Batchelor, it's been said all before. Spin, repeat-announcements, deceit and outright lies. Did we really expect anything different?
Ted Bailieu has about as golden an opportunity as an opposition can pray for to capitalise with a coherent, balanced, serious plan for private and public transport in this city that does something more than tinkering and dabbling at the edges and then spending millions bragging about it.
Let's hope he gets his chance.
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bluestar..

Refering to your signiture..

Do you really think the Liberals will be much better re; SPIN?

I don't. While the Bracks Government is hopeless in terms of getting things done for PT, i doubt Ballieu will deliver much better, aside from his pre election promises. Remeber the Liberals fucked PT in the first place in the 90's. I actually think Bracks is FINALLY realising the mess its getting itself into and this is the first step. I think a change of Government will come at a bad time in Victoria, and in terms of transit infrastructure, we will be worse off if Teddy gets office in November.

Bracks has alot to get on with, but I think things will take longer if Ballieau gets in.

just a thought! :cheers:
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Do you really think the Liberals will be much better re; SPIN?

I don't. While the Bracks Government is hopeless in terms of getting things done for PT, i doubt Ballieu will deliver much better, aside from his pre election promises.
IMHO Ballieu couldn't do worse than Bracks thus far. Doing anything couldn't be worse than Bracks thus far.

And even if Ballieu continues Bracks' legacy of doing close to nothing, at least we'll be a few years closer to the subsequent change of government, which might result in some genuine improvements (particularly in the 2/3rds of Melbourne that have no useful services now and will continue to have no useful services under Bracks & Batchelor's plan).

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Remeber the Liberals fucked PT in the first place in the 90's.
Naah, actually it was Labor that fucked it around 1988-91. The Libs made a few cuts in the early 90s and a few upgrades in the late 90s. Then they franchised it out.

In 2002 three of the five franchises were handed to Bracks, and the other two were about to be. Bracks desperately worked to re-privatize the system they could have graciously accepted back into public control <b>for free</b>. Indeed not just for free, they <b>got paid</b> to take back those first three franchises thanks to penalty clauses and the bank guarantees that NX (and the other operators) had to lodge to cover government expenses for reintegration of the system.

If Bracks & Batchelor were serious they would have graciously accepted the franchisees money and taken the system back three years ago. They didn't, they flogged it off again.

If they have suddenly become serious they would have not announced their intention to renew the new contracts in two years time when they come back up for renewal. They in fact committed to the 3rd round of privatization.

Thing is the first round was actually a very good deal for taxpayers. The operators committed to low and reducing subsidies, increasing service levels, new rollingstock, infrastructure upgrades to cut a minute or two out of timetables here and there, extensions to Box Hill and Sydenham, refurbishment of the Comengs (though unfortunately not the Hitachis too, having net extra trains could have been useful), and the 1999 service levels were locked in as minimum service levels so that services couldn't actually be cut. Government had a mechanism to fund service level increases should it want to (negotiate more money for more services) though neither government exercised that (Libs never really had an opportunity, Labor just never got around to it).

Ever since the 2nd round of privatization the funding model was changed to massively increase subsidies above the 1999 PTC baseline but there was no corresponding requirement to run any extra services in exchange for all that extra money.

How anyone could even think that Kennett is solely responsible for PT being privatized at this moment in time is just beyond all logic IMHO.

Mesh22 said:
I actually think Bracks is FINALLY realising the mess its getting itself into and this is the first step.
Hold on - this is a long term strategic document spelling out everything the government plans to do over the next few decades. It's a last step before finding the money, not a first step. If it were a first step the time frame for all the proposals would be in the next 12-18 months.

Mesh22 said:
Bracks has alot to get on with, but I think things will take longer if Ballieau gets in.
Doubt it. Bracks isn't really planning to deliver much (except a few road improvements) in the next few years under this plan, it's unlikely that Ballieu could possibly move slower than Bracks and Batchelor committed to yesterday.
 
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