The Eastern Transport Coalition has reacted with disappointment that the Eddington Report fails to provide a long term vision for public transport that includes the outer eastern suburbs
The Eastern Transport Coalition has reacted with disappointment that the Eddington Report fails to provide a long term vision for public transport that includes the outer eastern suburbs.
The Chairperson of the ETC, Cr Mick Van De Vreede said that Sir Rod Eddington was correct that a massive investment was needed in public transport to save the environment, Melbourne’s liveability and to protect families from rising fuel prices.
“The recommendation to increase the capacity of the Dandenong line through an underground system is welcome. The acknowledgement that massive investment is needed in public transport for environmental and social reasons is also welcome.
“The report also makes the right choice by putting the rail project first.
“We also welcome the recommendation to speed up the implementation of priority measures for buses.
“We are however very disappointed that there is no long term vision for the outer east. The report represents a real lost opportunity to help families reduce travel costs, reduce congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We will now campaign for the State Government to include plans for projects such as rail to Rowville and rail to Doncaster in its response.
“We need a long term vision for rapid transit in the outer east.
“Rail to Rowville for example would remove 2400 cars from the roads every hour, cars that otherwise cause congestion as they head into the city.
“The report seems to ‘give up’ on the east, suggesting that as residents already prefer to use cars rather than existing rail services there is no point in expanding rail.
“This ignores the fact that many interconnecting bus services only run to 7pm thereby providing no access to the rail network from people’s homes and when zone 3 was removed people flocked to the trains.
“The report ignores the fact is that tens of thousands of families in the outer east currently have no option but a car and are therefore more exposed to rapid increases in fuel price. Expansions of rail to Doncaster and Rowville would provide people with rapid public transport services they don’t get with buses.
“We strongly feel that families in the outer east should have the same transport options as other parts of Melbourne,” Cr Mick Van De Vreede concluded.
For more information please contact;
ETC Chairperson Cr Mick Van De Vreede 0438 029 932