Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt and Greens lead Senate candidate Janet Rice, have released a Melbourne transport plan costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office. The plan will redirect $1.4 billion in uncontracted roads funding from the $24 billion Nation Building Program to public transport, cycleways and getting trucks off residential streets.
Speaking at the starting point for a new East West tram line Mr Bandt says the projects will reduce traffic congestion, make Melbourne more liveable and reduce carbon pollution.
“People are spending too much time stuck in traffic. A world-class public transport system will fix traffic congestion and make our economy more productive,” Mr Bandt said.
Instead of investing in projects like the East-West Tollway, we need to build Doncaster Rail and extend our tram network to allow east west travel across Melbourne by public transport.
“We need a rail line to the Airport. The State Government has identified a route and we need to get on with it.”
“The Greens will make Melbourne the bike capital of Australia. We will fast-track Bicycle Network Victoria’s priority projects and get to work on landmark developments like the North Bank viaduct along the Yarra in the CBD.”
“We will shift the balance on national funding from roads to rail.”
"I'm a transport campaigner with decades of experience. I've watched generations of governments fail to deliver, so I want to walk into parliament in Canberra with a fully-costed plan in my hands that can be implemented right away," said Greens Senate Candidate Janet Rice.
"Trucks and diesel are a big health problem in the western suburbs but the tollway will do nothing to help. The community is calling for the Westgate Ramps Truck Bypass, but only the Greens are listening.
"The car park at South Morang is full before peak hour, so if we build the Mernda extension, it will be action stations the day it opens, freeing up congestion on the roads," said Ms Rice.
In addition to the $3 billion already earmarked for Metro Rail, the Greens have identified and additional $1.4125 billion in Federal funding for Melbourne’s transport, plus an additional $240 million nationally for cycleways including $55 million for Victoria.
The projects that would be funded include:
- $1 billion contribution to Doncaster Rail;
- $180 million contribution to the extension of rail to Mernda;
- $100 million contribution to developing high capacity signalling;
- $15 million contribution to East West light rail;
- $100 million to get trucks off residential streets;
- $12.5 million to Airport Rail;
- $5 million to level crossing removals.
- $55 million for cycleways