Is the CIS standing up to scrutiny?
Five barristers and five expert witnesses later and the jury of public opinion is unimpressed.
After just five days out of thirty, here are the top ten points to note:
1. The East West Link tunnel will not deliver commuters better travel conditions during peak hours. The benefits will be for off-peak travel. The LMA traffic expert, Michael Veitch, gave this evidence: “The project will generate off-peak benefits … A lot of our major infrastructure has congestion … This project is not going to solve Melbourne’s peak hour capacity problem.”
2. Inconsistency is a hallmark of the traffic evidence put to the panel. Expert witnesses for the LMA testified that: there will be a big increase in traffic on the eastern freeway if the EWL is built (60-70,000 more vpd); the tunnel will be at capacity by 2031; and benefits to Alexandra Pde will reduce…