There was an argument that supporters of public transport would use by saying 'look at all those people on trains, trams and buses. How packed the roads would be if they were all in cars'.
Now I am inclined to say look at all those people on bicycles. If they were all on our packed roads, trains, trams and buses, it would be a nightmare.
We have already suffered a significant decline in our lifestyle because of the huge expansion in Melbourne's population, without a match in the infrastructure to cope with the expansion. Yet, from our governments we hear little more than words. How can it be that new housing estates are built without the appropriate facilities and public transport? It is outrageous.
Now every time we have heavy rain, raw sewerage is released into our creeks by our water authority. Why is this happening? Might it be to do with the huge expansion in the number of properties and people in the inner to middle areas. The sewerage system just can't cope.
Every time we have heavy rain, our public transport and roads cease to properly function, with many roads flooded. Take the corner of Whiteman and Clarendon Streets in South Melbourne, a busy intersection for both cars and trams. It is a relatively new intersection yet it floods as regularly as it rains.
Front and back lawns in many homes have disappeared, along with water absorbing trees and plants. Is it any surprise that there is a lot of extra water to run off?
Has anyone actually thought about this? If they have, why wasn't it planned for?
Just to finish the ranty whinge, how is this one from Sydney. Can you believe they removed a bus only lane?
''Before we used to get into the bus lane straight after the Beecroft tunnel and we would just fly home,'' Ms Wood said. ''But now, rather than having 50 per cent of your journey sitting in gridlocked traffic, its 100 per cent of your journey.''
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Ok, publish now, but guess what? We have just had 15mm of rain, that is just over half an inch and once again the intersection of Clarendon and Whiteman Streets has closed, causing massive inconvenience to tram travellers and perhaps cars.