So the Liberal party are still obsessed with this project. 2 failed election campaigns with this as their ace in the hole policy and they seem to think it will work a 3rd time.Well to be fair they're not aiming to win the seats in which this is most unpopular; the inner city. I'm still surprised by the number of weird bumper stickers I see out east that are for it.
Are we going to see a resurgence of the brain-fart that was the grade seperation of 50 road intersections as well?
Bang on, it is all to do with Sandbagging the few seats they have left, which just goes to show how desperate they are.
EWL starts in Richmond, Labor 5.46% (EWL is only going to help labor in this seat), Kew (Tim Smith) 4.78%, Bulleen (Matthew Guy) 5.77%, Warrandyte (Ryan Smith) 3.88%, Croydon (David Hodgett) 2.11%. All on thin ice and at risk of being lost in 2022. Then there is the Labor seats that they lost in 2018 that they would be hoping to swing back. Box Hill 2.10%, Ringwood 2.82%, Hawthorn 0.42% and Bayswater 0.39%.
They couldn't possibly bring back the road in its original form, there would have to yet another business case. The ironic thing about all of this is the original business case showed that road wasn't going to help any of these people. Majority of traffic from the east was going down Hoddel Street towards the City, not cross town to City Link.
Also of note, is the SRL will be about to begin construction through the eastern suburbs just as the election rolls around, with a 'super hub' station being constructed in the middle of Michael O'Briens seat. Along with the North East Link, being built through Matthew Guys seat.
More irony is this is the complete opposite in the West, a dud road project that is billions over budget and only promises for rail projects.