Media Release: No solution for northern suburbs in new Infrastructure Victoria report on managing congestion

A new report by Infrastructure Victoria on Managing Transport Demand has a Five year focus with immediate suggested state government actions to tackle congestion. "I am very disappointed this report does not tackle some of the source of the problems of congestion rather than the symptoms." said sustainable transport campaigner John Englart. There are 9 … Continue reading Media Release: No solution for northern suburbs in new Infrastructure Victoria report on managing congestion

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Why did LXRA choose to include some cycle paths and not others at Camp Road?

This is a closeup of a photo showing the Camp Road crossing design with bike paths indicated from the community consultation on 7th February 2017. It is clear that the blue dotted lines show the bike paths as part of the design. The plan clearly shows provision of cycling lanes on both the north and … Continue reading Why did LXRA choose to include some cycle paths and not others at Camp Road?

Essendon: Buckley St Level Crossing removal: not safe for cyclists, not good enough

The Buckley Street level crossing removal at Essendon has gone through the design phase, and the proposal is very unfriendly for cyclists and for disability access. Cyclists will be expected to either take long detours or to dismount and use pedestrian underpasses that contains stairs. The ultimate condescension in cycle planning with this project is … Continue reading Essendon: Buckley St Level Crossing removal: not safe for cyclists, not good enough

Mernda rail extension gets bike path, but zilch for Upfield

Over the weekend the Andrews Labor Government gave a progress report on the $600 million Mernda rail extension project. Work on this major transport project is reported to be six months ahead of schedule, with the first test trains to Mernda to be running by the end of September. As part of the project "A … Continue reading Mernda rail extension gets bike path, but zilch for Upfield

Transport Minister questioned on provision of cycling path past Camp Road

On Thursday Dr Samantha Ratnam, Legislative Council MP for Northern Metro Region and leader of the Greens in State Parliament, asked this question about the need for the construction of the Upfield cycling path by the Level Crossing Removal Authority past the Camp Road Level Crossing removal site. Constituency Question (Hansard - 29 March, 2018) … Continue reading Transport Minister questioned on provision of cycling path past Camp Road

Is Labor pork-barrelling bikepaths in SE Melbourne marginals while starving northern suburbs heartland?

Is it Labor Governmemnt pork-barrelling when the south eastern suburbs marginal electorates get a 17 km bike path constructed as part of the Level Crossing Removal and here in the northern suburbs in safe Labor seats we get nothing but silence? The Upfield path extension amounts to about 4.5km of path needing construction from Box … Continue reading Is Labor pork-barrelling bikepaths in SE Melbourne marginals while starving northern suburbs heartland?

Compare the need: $1.5m to Extend Upfield Bikepath, but Monash Freeway Upgrade funded $711 million

The Andrews Labor Government in Victoria on 18th March announced $711 million upgrade to the Monash Freeway in Melbourne’s south east suburbs. In Melbourne’s northern suburbs we are crying out for a meagre $1.5 million funding (2010 cost estimate by Hume Council, see PDF) to build an extension of the Upfield Bike Path to Upfield … Continue reading Compare the need: $1.5m to Extend Upfield Bikepath, but Monash Freeway Upgrade funded $711 million