THE Napthine Government’s own Health Department is pressing for more details on the impact of the East West Link project on local residents.
Potential for more road crashes, disruption to key public transport services and reduced ability for cycling and walking have been highlighted in the department’s submission to the project’s assessment committee.
The $6-8 billion tunnel is a key plank of the Government’s re-election campaign, but is facing stiff political opposition from Labor, some inner-city councils and affected residents.
Relying on data provided by the Linking Melbourne Authority, the submission said there would be significant traffic impacts during construction, including closure of the Upfield rail line, disrupted tram services through Royal Park and bus services on Hoddle St.
The Upfield rail line is to be taken out of service for an extended period to enable construction. This is going to cause major disruption.
With the #Vline shutdown of the Bendigo line this week I have work colleagues who are working from home due to the extended travel times to and from the office. These shutdowns do have an impact on productivity.