Yarra Labor News is proud of the Andrews government actions and policy to promote public transport over car and tolls driven developments.
However, ceaseless vigilance is required as the toll roads lobby continues to draw Utopian linking lines round and round the cities.
YCAT (Yarra Campaign for Action Against Tollways), that illustrious and victorious rabble rousing group against the EW Link has asked for community input into the (now passed deadline) on the Zombie Project hidden in North East Link Option A
There are four North East Link proposed routes. Option A is of most concerns Yarra residents as it is the shortest, most direct and cheapest connecting to the Eastern Freeway.
Option A impacts are:
- up to ten years of construction along Eastern Freeway
- more inner suburb congestion, pollution and noise
- possible tolls on Eastern Freeway
- more traffic into the Eastern Freeway – building the case for another version of the East West Link, to connect with proposed West Gate Tunnel
- Option A route through environmentally sensitive green wedge area and will impact upon homes, businesses and heritage areas in Bulleen, Bellevue, Balwyn North, Kew East.
- possible removal of the Doncaster Rail reserve along Eastern Fwy and future East Kew and Bulleen Station sites.
There can be no tunnelled connection to the Eastern Freeway due to the steep grades (about 8%) that would be required to take a tunnel under the Eastern Freeway, then pop up and connect to it prior to Doncaster road. There can be no tunnel portal south of Bolin Bolin/Marcellin, as the flyover ramps would still have the same problem. All possible connections to the Eastern Freeway are above ground and involve property acquisitions in Bulleen/Balwyn North.
At $10-$23 billion, the North East Link will be Victoria’s most expensive road ever but:
- another new toll road encourages more cars
- this road will divide communities no matter which route
- traffic will be funnelled to a few on-ramps, creating congestion
- trucking companies will avoid the tolls and rat-run through neighbourhoods.
- environmental areas and cultural sites will be damaged
- oversized trucks and dangerous goods will still use Rosanna Road as they will be banned from tunnels.
- investing in a public transport system that works is the best way to get cars off the road and decrease congestion:
- our money is better spent on public transport improvements such as:
- duplicating the Hurstbridge line
- better, quicker signalling on Hurstbridge and Mernda lines
- more frequent and better connected bus services
- public transport won’t carve up the Green Wedge or Banyule Flats
More contact information: http://northeastlink.vic.gov.au/about/contact
Email your North East Link concerns to:
Member for Richmond: Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, Ph: 9415 8901: Richard.email@example.com
Jenny Mikakos Ph: 9462 3966: firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Barber Ph: 9348 2622: email@example.com
Member for Melbourne: Ellen Sandell, Ph: 9328 4637: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Patten Ph: 9386 4400: email@example.com