The Eastern Transport Coalition has welcomed the
public transport focus in the State Government’s Plan Melbourne document
released today, but warned it would become another empty transport plan unless
it was backed by substantial investment.
Cr Dunn said the Plan Melbourne strategy acknowledged
the importance of the Melbourne Metro to an improved public transport system
and integrated planning for Melbourne.
“The plan talks about harmonising public transport
services across trains, trams and buses to provide better connectivity,
removing level crossings and improving suburban rail and bus networks in growth
areas and outer suburbs, goals that the ETC shares,” Cr Dunn said.
“Of course, previous government plans, some of them
dating back decades have talked about the same thing.
“The former Metropolitan Town Planning Commission’s
1929 Plan of General Development and the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Study
highlighted the need for rail lines for the then growth areas of Doncaster and
“Subsequent studies, reports and plans have also
supported these projects but without funding, they remain nothing more than
decade’s old plans.
“Melbourne should not have to wait any longer for rail
expansion. This new plan once again makes it clear that expanding and improving
public transport around Melbourne is necessary and we urge the Government to
take the next step – fund it and build it.”
Cr Dunn said the idea of a 20-minute neighbourhood contained
in the plan was also an admirable goal, but would only work if supported by
improved public transport, particularly improved and expanded bus services.
Cr Dunn encouraged commuters to share their thoughts
about the plan via the ETC’s Commuters Count Facebook page or the hash tag #commuterscount
“The ETC’s Commuters Count campaign, launched in
August this year, has been aimed at getting Melburnians talking about public
transport and sharing their stories and frustrations and hopes for better
public transport in the future,’’ she said.
“This new Plan Melbourne strategy will set the
direction the Government will take over the next 40 years. If residents in
Melbourne’s east want to receive more than they have in the past 40 years, now
is the time to make your opinions known.’’
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