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THE Public Transport Users Association said Labor's transport alternative falls short of solving Melbourne's transport woes, but delivers some benefits for Stonnington residents.
Last Tuesday Labor announced Project 10,000 - the transport policy it will take to the next election, committing itself to the construction of the Melbourne Metro Rail project.
The project involves a doubling in size of the City Loop, connecting the Sunbury rail line at South Kensington to the Dandenong rail corridor at South Yarra.
It also includes the construction of five new underground stations, two in the CBD, at Arden, Parkville and Domain.
A major component of the policy is the removal of 50 level crossings to ease congestion on suburban roads. Those flagged for removal include the level crossings at Burke Rd Glen Iris, and Toorak Rd Kooyong.
Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton said Labor's vision "falls short of a comprehensive plan to fix Victoria's transport problems", but would offer some benefits
"It only provides a capacity boost on the Dandenong rail corridor to the extent that it enables longer trains to run, using longer underground platforms than exist in the City Loop," Mr Morton said.
"There is likely to be some benefit to Stonnington residents and businesses through the creation of the underground station at Domain, which provides improved access to the Southbank area and will redistribute some passengers from St Kilda Road trams.
"On the downside, it does not actually provide service to any parts of Melbourne that lack good public transport currently.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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