Trains not tolls — this is our chance to get it right
Tony Abbott and the State government are now pushing the East-West tollway through the western suburbs. This will mean more traffic, less parks and more pollution. It will also mean billions of dollars spent on roads instead of clean, fast and efficient public transport. Labor has said they’ll build the East West tollway too, as long as the Liberals sign the contracts first. The Greens will vote to stop the East West tollway.
▲ No route, no information, no certainty
Unlike the 2010 WestLink project, the Napthine government’s East West Stage 2 has no route. Premier Napthine has flagged viaducts and the acquisition of homes and businesses.
▲ More truck congestion, not less
The Port of Melbourne predicts a boom in truck traffic in Melbourne’s inner west when East West Link opens, clogging Footscray Road, Shepherds Bridge and Whitehall Street.
▲ Public transport a better investment
The way to cut congested roads is to get people out of cars and onto public transport. New freeways just encourage car dependency and new road capacity is quickly filled.
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