East West Link the problem as along with population boom, is set to congest Melbourne’s roads and public transport networks for decades. Tom Hussey reports.
Professor Currie said Metro, melbourne’s rail service, would be lucky to keep pace with the current crowding due to a boom in population.
“We’re going to grow by Adelaide in the next 20 years – 1.3 million people,” he said.
“The current commitment to deal with this growth is two bus routes and one railway line… thats it.”
“That infrastructure is owned by the government and its up to the government to fix it,” he said.
Mr Bowen also said that major road projects like the East West Link was sucking billions of dollars out of potential public transport upgrades.
“The East West road tunnel doesn’t make sense in terms of developing the city,” he said.
Professor Currie also said the East West Link was set to worsen the situation, with the Federal Government forecasting congestion in Melbourne to double by 2020.
“After you’ve done a big project like that it acts to increase growth in traffic…which creates more congestion,” he said.