Let me get this straight. While people agree we should have a train to the airport, a train to Roweville, servicing Monash University, a train to Doncaster and the proposed Metro Tunnel, the government wants to build a road tunnel across the inner northern suburbs which I see as mostly benefiting freight trucks. In a previous post, I named it in advance with a tip of my hat to Lindsay, the Fox Tunnel.
A tunnel sounds somewhat innocuous as it goes underground and won't affect many people. Wrong. Well over one hundred houses will be compulsorily acquired. Can't say I'd care for my abode to be 'acquired'. The tunnel will end in a park, Royal Park. Long have our State Governments stolen bits of our parks, but from what I understand, rather a lot of Royal Park will be taken for the tunnel exits.
It might be worthwhile if it had a huge community benefit, but it doesn't. It will only assist a very limited number of people, as I have already suggested, mostly freight trucks but regardless, it will fill up and become congested, just as every other similar infrastructure road project has.
The real problem is Melbourne's increasing population. More people means more people moving around. I've had years of seeing roads and motorways built and they have only ever been a short term solution, yet our governments won't spend money on efficient public transport, which is surely a better way to move masses of people around our city.
I thought the new on ramp from Kingsway to the West Gate Freeway would alleviated traffic congestion below the Highrise. Nope. It is worse than ever now, as the workers in the area exit to the residential western suburbs, by car and by tram and then train. There are just too many cars for the roads to cope. There is an adequate number of trams, but they are too small and the trains can't cope either.
I don't think it is a good idea to increase Melbourne's population anymore. We can't cope with the numbers now, and our politicians seem unwilling to spend money where it is desperately needed, into the mass movement of people by public transport.