Transport - Victoria

transport

The Australian Sex Party wants to avoid the 'road vs rail' approach that major parties and many lobby groups indulge in.  Transport planning requires long term thinking beyond the pattern of four year electoral cycles. We will insist upon an independent review process of infrastructure projects through Infrastructure Australia and the public release of a full business case for every project. We acknowledge that both Melbourne Metro Rail and East-West Link are infrastructure projects that can deliver great benefit to Victoria. We encourage commuters to cycle or utilise public transport wherever possible.  We also call for 24-hour train services on weekends, with appropriate security personnel. 

  • 24-hour public transport on weekends with appropriate security personnel (see Live Music policy);

  • Prioritise the Melbourne Metro project (including automatic signalling upgrades) and stage two of the East-West Link project;

  • Additional bus and V/Line services on weekends; increasing frequency of bus and V/Line services on weekends and extending operating hours on weekdays and weekends;

  • Upfield Rail Line Duplication (Gowrie to Upfield);

  • Melton Rail Line Duplication (Deer Park to Melton) and Electrification;

  • Feasibility assessments into the following public transport projects:

    • An extension of the Melbourne Metro project to include the Alfred Hospital Precinct;

    • South-Western Rail Link: a rail tunnel from Newport through Fisherman’s Bend to Southern Cross Station; adding a second river crossing for Werribee line services and a high capacity service for the estimated 80,000 new residents in Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area;

    • Western Loop: reservation of rail corridors located between Caroline Springs and Melton, linking existing rail lines and a western loop connecting the St Albans line to Werribee line;

    • Eastern Loop: an underground train service connecting the Southland, Oakleigh Chadstone Shopping Centre, Box Hill, Doncaster Shopping Centre and Northland;

    • Airport Rail Link: focusing on a dedicated fast train service and not the extension of the metropolitan rail service;

  • Provision of bicycle storage areas on suburban and regional trains to encourage travel by bicycle and realise the economic benefits of bicycle tourism (see Recreation policy);

  • Alternative funding mechanisms for public transport projects;

  • Independent review process of projects through Infrastructure Australia and the public release of a full business case for every project;

  • Fairer placement of speed cameras and common sense enforcement of speed limits;

  • Greater privacy with respect to Myki, CityLink Melbourne, EastLink and any future East West Link operating consortium (see Privacy and Data Retention policy);

  • Oppose on-the-spot public transport infringement fines on the basis that they unfairly discriminate against concession card holders and remove a person's right to appeal; and

  • Call for the introduction of Myki ticketing machines on trams on an EFTPOS only basis.

The failure by successive governments to upgrade existing infrastructure and develop and invest in new infrastructure in Victoria is evident. Projected population growth is not matched by planning or communication that investment is necessary in transport infrastructure.

In line with our policies calling for transparent and open government, we will insist upon an independent review process of infrastructure projects through Infrastructure Australia and the public release of a full business case for every project.

Sir Rod Eddington’s recommendations in the 2008 report, Investing in Transport: East West Link Needs Assessment did not make a priority between metro rail tunnel and an east-west link. We acknowledge that both Melbourne Metro Rail and East-West Link are infrastructure projects that can deliver many benefits to Victoria.

In 2010, the Australian Sex Party campaigned in support of the Melbourne Metro Rail providing rail access to Parkville and we maintain that support. In fact, in 2013 Infrastructure Australia rated the project as having ‘strong strategic and economic merit’ and which was ‘highly likely’ to ‘deliver economic benefits exceeding costs incurred’. The 2008 Sir Eddington report did make a recommendation that an additional crossing of the Maribyrnong River (currently stage two of the East-West Link project) was a higher priority than the road tunnel proposed by the Napthine government (currently stage one) and should be built concurrently with the Melbourne Metro Rail.  The Sex Party supports these recommendations.

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