The Eastern Transport Coalition asked the major parties to commit to specific projects that will improve public transport in Melbourne’s east as part of the Federal Election.
- We asked them to commit to the following projects:
- Remove all remaining level crossings on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines
- Duplicate tracks on the Belgrave and Lilydale lines to allow a substantial increase in services
- Fund major upgrades and safety improvements to old, crowded stations, such as Huntingdale, Croydon and Box Hill
- Commit funding to finally build the Westall Road extension and creating a dedicated bus lane on Springvale Road
- Extending the Route 75 tram to Upper Ferntree Gully Station, providing access to heavy rail for tens of thousands that don’t currently have it
- Commit to amenity upgrades to bring all train stations in Melbourne’s east up to standard
- Fund construction of regional trails, including the Yarra Valley Trail, the Warburton Trail to Taralla Creek Trail, and extend the Box Hill to Ringwood Trail
See The Green’s Candidate for Casey, Jenny Game-Lopata’s response below. If you want to know more about the The Green’s Candidate for Casey, visit her Facebook here.
You have mentioned some exiting initiatives. The Australian Greens believe that:
- The design, construction and use of our cities, towns and communities must be socially equitable and ecologically sustainable.
- Australians should have the choice to travel by fast, frequent, reliable, affordable, accessible and safe public transport.
- Australia’s transport systems must function on the principles of equity of access, ecological sustainability, and public ownership of critical public transport infrastructure.
- Climate change and oil depletion requires our cities, towns and transport systems to be powered by renewable energy and transition away from fossil fuels.
- A high-quality national freight and passenger rail network is essential to our modern economy and society.
- Walking and cycling must be an integral part of Australia’s transport systems, to reduce pollution and improve public health.
- Our communities and infrastructure must be planned and built in the public interest, with transparent, evidence-based, accountable and participatory planning processes.
- Ecosystems and natural communities have an independent right to exist and flourish and this right must be recognised and upheld in planning processes.
- Rural and regional planning requires specialist knowledge and focus and should not be neglected in favour of metro-centric planning or short-term planning based on transitory industries.