He also wants to open Swanston Street to motor cars. This is very contentious and the knee jerk reaction is no, no, no.
But let us have a close look at Melbourne's premium street, Swanston Street.
At the moment, it probably works well for pedestrians, for aggressive taxi drivers, delivery vans and horses and carts.
It certainly does not work well for cyclists and our very important form of public transport, trams. Theoretically, cars should not be in Swanston Street until 7pm, but that is not policed. After 7pm, cars cause havoc to tram schedules, especially towards the end of the week.
As a through passage for traffic, I cannot see a sound argument. Traffic when reaching Flinders Street either turns left or right, and they don't seem to re-enter Swanston Street when they are allowed to.