Friday, November 30, 2007

Bigger, wider roads

I noticed from Glenferrie Road that preparatory work is happening at the foot of the Monash Freeway. I understand it is to be widened. It seems such a short time ago that it was last widened. It has to be less than ten years.

The widening is necessary to free up traffic flow on the freeway. That was what was said last time it was widened. Call me a bit thick if you like, but this strategy just does not seem to work. The stationary traffic surely proves the point.

Perhaps if they widened it and put a train line there instead of extra road space, a longer term benefit may be gained.

I wonder if I will see the Monash Freeway widened again in another ten years. The Hobart option is looking more and more attractive.

15 comments:

  1. Widening a freeway just makes the bottlenecks worse. If only our forebears had bitten the bullet and extended the public transport networks in the fifties and sixties. Sigh!

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  2. Pretty simple really Lad. No new suburbs without proper public transport.

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  3. The PTUA (not wondrous, but wonderful) created a neat analogy: That building new roads and increasing road capacity is a bit like an obese person loosening their belt as a cure for obesity.

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  4. I thought the point of widening it 10 years ago was for a light rail service?

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  5. Good analogy Sureglossy. It is how it works.

    Monash Freeway near Kooyong Non Blondie. No, it was to do with City Link being built. We needed wider freeway to make smooth sailing in City Link. Not every night, but often, 'City Link, one lane in the tunnel is closed due to congestion'.

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  6. Ah. Well at least we can get to Chadstone quickly, right? RIGHT!

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  7. One day soon Non Blondie, I am going to be brave and visit Chadstone. It is new and improved. It is bigger with new roads and car parks and bridges. The new road may get you to Chadstone the suburb, but not into the shopping centre.

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  8. I didn't know they were widening it again. What a joke. A new train line is what they need - you think the public transport board would be on to it...

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  9. And the chopped a bit of land off Scotch to do it Rosanna.

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  10. Face it, people just can't seem to see beyond the car/tram/bus/cyclist in front them impeding their progress...

    Eventually all of south eastern Melbourne will be covered by one freeway with cars just sitting there going nowhere, like an episode in the recent season of Dr Who.

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  11. Nah, just wait. Petrol prices will sort this gigantic, lobbied to death, oil-driven, politically wrecked mess out.

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  12. The analogy of road-building being like curing obesity by loosening your belt goes way back, I think to the 1950s.

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  13. I think that is what will happen Ben. No, it is almost happening already. Too many people with too many cars. It can't go on. If the population is to increase then some serious money has to be spent on heavy rail to the new suburbs, and super efficient heavy rail. (T'was my fave ep of Dr Who)

    I don't think so Rob. When oil shows signs of running out, the oil companies will develop all those clever inventions that they have bought up and sat on for years, nay decades.

    As Sureglossy said earlier in the comments Daniel. It is a fantastically good analogy and I am happy to have reinforced in my head, and hopefully in others.

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  14. Speaking of Dr Who and traffic jams, it is quite amusing to watch the recent episode "Gridlock". I won't spoil it for you, but the plot is crying out for some better transport policies.

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  15. Is that not the one I referred to earlier in comments Sueglossy?

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