Priority sought for public transport investment
25 September 2013
Council will write to the Minister for Roads and Public Transport seeking priority be given to funding for vital public transport projects that benefit Bayside residents over funding the East West Link.
Considering a request from Yarra City Council to support the ‘Trains not Toll Roads’ campaign, Council formed the view that the Melbourne Metro proposal has greater benefits for Bayside residents, including three additional peak hour services on the Sandringham line and one additional peak hour service on the Frankston line from day one of the project becoming operational.
Commenting on Council’s decision to support Yarra’s campaign, Mayor Stephen Hartney said that Council’s decision was motivated by the thousands of extra passengers that would take advantage of the additional peak hour train services.
“Council believes the significant financial resources required from the State Government would be better spent upgrading Melbourne’s strained public transport infrastructure,” he said.
“Council believes that the Melbourne Metro project will also provide improved access to employment, education, leisure and other services through the provision of two new train stations in the CBD.
“Under the proposal, a new station will also be provided beneath St Kilda Road between Domain and Toorak Roads that will improve access to the St Kilda Road precinct,” said Mayor Hartney.
The ‘Trains not Toll Roads’ campaign, initiated by Yarra City Council, supports public transport solutions ahead of more roads. Further information about the ‘Trains not Toll Roads’ can be found on website www.trainsnottollroads.com.au.
Page last updated: 26 Sep 2013