Ian Hundley’s letter – Beware private sector spruikers – (Age 11/4) encapsulates the key issues we’re currently facing in infrastructure spending, which has been long been skewed toward toll roads and freeways and away from public transport, leading to a major deficit in PT which now has to be made up.
Notwithstanding this, It seems some in the business world including Sir Rod Eddington, are still wedded to the 1950’s thinking of yet more freeways eg; the East West tunnel as a solution. This has now been sensibly dropped by the Baillieu government in favour of better public transport solutions eg; Doncaster Rail, Rowville Rail, and an Airport Rail Link (an overdue alternative, to the current parking monopoly). Hopefully, North East Link through heritage parkland in Banyule, will be similarly deleted.
The public made their views known at the last election, giving the Brumby administration and its Transport Plan the flick, voting instead, for an alternative government which was actually going to re focus spending for a change, on public transport. It is amazing to see that some elements of the infrastructure industry are still to come to grips with this. It should be apparent even to die-hard – bitumen is best – road lobby adherents, that times have changed, in an age of climate change and peak oil, a Los Angeles styled spaghetti junction future is well past its use by date. Efficient, integrated public transport in a city growing as quickly as Melbourne, is essential, not optional.
- Public transport should drive our future (australiablog.com)