Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says Labor's transport plan puts roads ahead of public transport on every page.
"Labor has confirmed they'll build the East West Toll Road and they won't build the superior alternative, which is Doncaster rail," said Greg Barber
"It seems only the Greens want a future for Melbourne based on investing in public transport."
"We fully support the Melbourne Metro rail project but there are other investments that will let us add more trains in the short term - like high capacity signalling. The Melbourne Metro train project is on the never never, because it depends on Tony Abbott having a change of heart."
"What's left is a roads plan. Roads, roads and more roads. Billions and billions on widening arterials, to push the traffic jam a bit further along the way. The best they are offering on rail is a review of the Liberal government's plan, after they're elected."
Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland has vowed to fight to keep the Napthine government's dirty deluded toll-road our of the quiet neighbourhoods of Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds.
Ms Hartland says that todays East-West link announcement means the quiet suburbs of Ascot Vale and Moonee ponds will be inundated with traffic from the proposed East-West toll-road with wide-ranging negative consequences.
"This proposed East-West toll road is a disaster at every corner and it just turned the corner into Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds today," said Ms Hartland.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I am going to sit down and make a list of all the public transport promises that have ever been made in all of the various transport and land use plans of the last 20 years, because I think there have probably been more broken promises on public transport than those that have actually been delivered. Famous examples include of course Doncaster rail -- promised by a whole succession of governments and now, according to this one, some time away, decades from now -- and my favourite, the Labor promise for an inner city SmartBus on Hoddle Street and along Brunswick Road, which it un-promised in the following version of the plan.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says that Labor and the Liberals have no commitment to building Doncaster Rail, after a vote in Victorian state parliament yesterday.
"I moved a motion that funds for development of Doncaster Rail be immediately allocated. In the debate. Labor said they were in 'two minds' about the project, but voted for my motion anyway. The Libs now say the project, which they promised to build at the 2010 election, is now decades away," said Greg Barber
"I thought we were making progress on Doncaster Rail, when the Liberals backed our policy at the last state election. Now I can see we are going to have to fight it all over again at next years election," said Mr Barber
DONCASTER RAIL LINE
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — I move:
That this house calls on the Napthine government to immediately allocate funding for development of the Doncaster rail line.
"They used averages of all the trains across the sample studied. Individual trains could have over 1100 passengers, well in excess of the 798 benchmark, but the average train is found not to be overcrowded."
"They only looked at overcrowding at city-edge stations, ignoring how far out the overcrowding extends, which leads to some people standing up as long as half an hour before they get a seat."
"They also excluded any train that was overcrowded because of a train being late or an earlier train being cancelled."
Speech by Colleen Hartland in Parliament
My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport. Last weekend I attended a community information session on the impacts of the proposed east–west link tollway, hosted by Moonee Valley City Council. I thank the council for doing this and bringing together a great deal of very informative information.
The attendees talked about the potential impacts on Moonee Valley, including:
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I seek to speak on a very interesting and important report that has been tabled by the Auditor-General today called Developing Transport Infrastructure and Services for Population Growth Areas. It is an absolutely damning indictment of a succession of governments, both Labor and Liberal, and how they have neglected the outer suburbs while quite willingly pocketing all the stamp duty from the house sales. It is clear that bodies such as Public Transport Victoria and recently the Growth Areas Authority not only do not take their obligations to provide public transport in these new suburbs seriously but are not even monitoring the extent to which they are failing, and it has taken the Auditor-General to tell us this.
Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- Mr Tee and the Labor opposition have had a change of heart, and I think we should celebrate that.
In the last Parliament I recall we had requests for business cases and even to establish parliamentary inquiries, similar to Mr Tee's other motion on the notice paper, in relation to projects such as bay dredging, the irrigation upgrades, the north-south pipeline, the desalination plant and the regional rail link, and we even had some arguments about the train and tram franchising agreements. In not one of those Labor government projects did we ever see the business case or anything like it. Inquiries were established in relation to all of the matters I just listed, because the non-government parties in the upper house set them up, but those inquiries never once had the benefit of seeing the most fundamental document that the public and we who stand in the shoes of the public wanted to see -- that is, the business case.
Adjournment (Request of Government) - Colleen Hartland:
My adjounrment is for the Minister for Public Transport.
On 19 July the Age published a story entitled ‘A tale of two rail lines: Altona slumps while Werribee soars’. The article tells the story of Altona loop commuters abandoning their trains, as illustrated in patronage figures. While it is proven that Altona loop residents are abandoning their trains, I am standing here today to call on the government to not abandon them.
The train services on the Altona loop were poor to begin with, but the timetable changes introduced in 2011 slashed them. The service went from a standard bad, to becoming the worst on the entire Melbourne train network. Altona loop commuters became the most dissatisfied on the whole network, as shown in every customer satisfaction survey held since.