The proposed, nay, going ahead, east west link road tunnel will be marvellous for quite a number of commuters. It could remove quite a bit of traffic from Melbourne's inner northern suburbs, depending on how much it costs to use. Great care needs to be taken with the pricing. With the exception of Melbourne's City Link tunnels, with its Kennett government given extremely generous terms, road tunnels have not been commercially successful in Australia for private business. Personally, I don't like the idea of privately owned and operated roads that exclude poor people from using the facility.
Sydney's Cross City Tunnel failed to make a profit, effectively went broke, and share holders lost around half a billion dollars.
Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel sent its owner broke and was sold for half of what it cost to build.
Brisbane's Clem 7 Tunnel is in receivership, and Brisbane's Airport Link shares are worth one cent each, of what has surely been the most corrupt construction processes in Australia this century.
Now Melbourne is building a private road tunnel, according to our state government, which will not in its present design assist with the massive traffic congestion in Melbourne's prime north south arterial, Hoddle Street/Punt Road. So who will really benefit greatly from this proposed tunnel? I suggest it should be called Fox Tunnel as surely one of the prime beneficiaries will be Australia's largest freight company.
Trouble is that the Federal Government has made an allowance of $3 billion for a Metro Tunnel in Melbourne and nothing for the Fox Tunnel but the State Government has committed funding to the Fox Tunnel and has put the Metro Tunnel on hold.
Which should be built? The Metro Tunnel of course. It will benefit far more people, like me, than the road tunnel. It is as simple as that.