Of tunnels, trains and trucks

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14 12 11 - 19:36
containers on rail

So we're back talking about road tunnels for Melbourne. I heard Ted Baillieu tell us on telly tonight that the east west tunnel was important so we would cope better when the Monash Freeway was stuffed up like it was yesterday.  $10 billion plus so as to avoid a day of disruption. Not a good deal I reckon, compared with the serious inroads we could make into Melbourne's transport woes by investing money like that into rail to Rowville, Doncaster, Melton, and Mernda.

I wrote quite a bit about the proposed East West link when it was proposed in 2008. I could have written it yesterday - nothing has changed. Here's a speech for example that I gave at a public meeting in Brunswick, and some  analysis of what to do with trucks - how straightforward it would be to reduce port related freight movements by 40% for example, by getting containers on rail, and having fewer trucks travelling empty or half full.

So may the campaigning continue. The biggest thing we have on our side is that big new roads and tunnels are extraordinarily expensive, even for those who dearly want them. Public Private Partnerships clearly aren't the answer - just look at the financial strife the existing PPP's are in. Delay is the critical thing to achieve - it's just a matter of time surely before economic rationalism and some common sense kicks in!

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