Labor takes the north for granted

PACKED IN LIKE SARDINES, TREATED LIKE MUSHROOMS - LABOR FINDS 10 BILLION FOR AN AIRPORT LINK, NOTHING FOR THE NORTH

You've got to hand it to the Andrews government - their capacity to insult the working people of Melbourne's north. Their bold announcement that they are proceeding with a $10 billion rail link for Melbourne airport commits to a project that is decades overdue - and yet shows the lack of commitment to improving public transport for everyday travel for working Melbourne.

 

Ten billion dollars! For one billion, 10% of that, we could implement the Victorian Socialists proposals

- introduce a new signalling system which would increase train capacity by 50% on the northern lines ($300 million)

- create a 20 year temporary overpass bridge on the Clifton Hill interchange, to increase Mernda (South Morang) /Hurstbridge trains by another 50%, to 30 trains an hour ($300 million)

- fully establish a crosstown bus network, integrated with train and tram with 5 minute/10 minute crossovers at interchanges ($100 million)

- extend tram lines to Reservoir and Pascoe Vale ($100 million)

- complete the double-tracking of Upfield and Hurstbridge lines ($200 million)

Labor's priorities show that it will take Melbourne's north for granted, year after year, decade on decade. If we want to stop being treated like sardines, we need to fight for our right for fast, regular, comfortable, available transport. The Victorian Socialists have that plan? Labor's on the dedicated track to nowhere