This 'project' was going to affect the state financially, environmentally and most importantly as both of these affected factors put together, our society in Victoria.
As already summarized by the previous users here before me and thoroughly aware amongst the general population.
The Business case to explain the decision was witheld from the public, barring us from information to demonstrate any benefits and ultimately to prove to us it's merits and reasoning for it's construction.
As a result the public do not know how much of the taxpayer's funds are being contributed into this project, and even more disturbingly, were held from being aware of the contract clauses written in compensation in case of cancellation.
The environmental impacts were always going to be poor and in the negative. It's the financial gain and benefit that was supposed to outweigh the results of taking over significant sections of Royal Park. Even if the financial benefit was true, as was attempted by Napthine to boost it through the 'agglomeration' methods it still could not reach the cost benefit of Metro tunnel down Swanston Street.
Napthine's most senior transport planners even advised the economic benefits of the Metro rail tunnel stood well above the East West Link.
When Yarra and Moreland Councils took the then Planning Minister to court over the issue coming from the inability to understand the full impact from the road without the business case to refer to, the defendant's lawyers forwarded the statement that the planning minister didn't even consider it. The signing off on the approval, they say was relying on Plan Melbourne which is the future planning for Melbourne he already signed off on himself.
Did he read it and is making it up in court, attempting to somehow nullify, render ineffective the ruling to force it out for us, or did he ignore it completely?
Then in state election period, the person holding the prime minister's office comes down and declares the election a 'referendum of the east west link' and unsurprisingly a threat to the population of removing the funds already handed to the state for projects, attempting to blackmail us to vote Napthine back in. The money, he says, is given to us on the condition it is only used on the east west link only, yet it doesn't produce an economically benefiting proof to us as we eventually find out.
Infrastructure Australia never got the full business case to make a thorough assessment of it. They already ranked Metro rail tunnel as the highest priority for Melbourne.
Despite all this, and everything else Railpage people here have been able to inform us, the contracts get signed 2 months before the election.
After the election, the business case is released, the details are aghast, the economic benefits could not even return half of what would be spent, it cost $6 billion at least, and it would need to be subsidised. The compensation exceeds $1 billion in the clause.
Now the then planning minister is opposition leader, and comes out to declare the premier ripping us off handing over $1 billion for nothing.
The person occupying the prime minister's office speaks in question time inviting the premier to break his promise of cancelling the contract.
The additional tolls for funding the east west link were even worse than I thought, I would think the toll booths would go back to Chandler Highway, forcing desperate city destined drivers to pay extra who wouldn't go through the east west link anyway.
However it would suggest the tolls are introduced on the West Gate Bridge and Tullamarine Freeway, the east west link would suggest tolling cars $5.50 at peak $4.40 off peak, commercial vehicles $16.50 and off peak $13.20
The business case even made a ominous statement to credibility of the project:
The East West Link Business Case Cabinet Submission stated "the risk associated with this action is that the lower end range of benefit-cost ratios presented in the business case may be used as a justification for not supporting the project".It also indicates that it will increase congestion.
For this kind of abomination coming from the 'people' elected to represent the population the communities will continue to suffer the consequences while the pointy ends of the tools continue degrading the integrity of parliament both state and federal.
It's simple to see, morning peak and evening peak, weekday, we see how long the queues are, we see how far they move in a period of time compared to off peak.
The stress it creates renders people much more prone to sicknesses and injury to name a few, even making us more prone to fatigue. This is already the situation where the people crying out for more public transport to leave their car at home, the unnecessary difficulty it creates and affects their everyday lives impacts mentally and socially.
Once we can offer them an alternative to the car they have to drive as a single occupant everytime they will be able to free up more room for the couriers, tradies and importantly the trucks.
How much more efficient a train can get people where they need to especially to the city from a start Doncaster Westfield shopping centre? Where their every weekday employment is the same location from Home-Point A to Work-Point B
How many people can a train take? And multiply that by the number of cars, that answer indicates how many cars are taken off the roads resting for a leisurely stroll on a holiday where the motorist is likely looking forward to the day.
Then with that number of cars calculate the average emission in total from that number. With that answer compare it to the emission amount to the trains we use here.
How much difference in emissions does that make as well?
Also how much space does a person take up compared to a car? Multiply both of these by the number of people a train will take up and compare the difference between the two.
Then have this train line that can travel from Doncaster to Melbourne Metro tunnel along with the Clifton Hill Loop that can also choose that route so some services can travel down there too.
I am sure there are people on these forums that have a much better idea on where these tracks should be going or add a much better suggestion, some even say they should go along the eastern freeway, eastlink to Ringwood, it probably should go all the way to Dandenong, the connectivity, flexibility would be fantastic, paving the way for a truly effective alternative.
While I see Labor got in because of their decision to cancel the contract, I hope he will make the sensible decisions and in the best interests of the people in this state, but I remain skeptical. 2 months before the election they officially change their statement to cancelling the contract regardless of the compensation clauses, before they state opposition but honour contracts that are already signed.
I still remember the myki fiasco, it's the reason the vote went to Baillieu, he promised a feasibility study into the Doncaster line. His decision on it from reading that statement was predictable, but we never thought that after Napthine came in, they would try and impose on us the most abominable and contemptuous conduct the state has seen.
Today, rendered to opposition, they run a campaign of discrediting and politically attacking the government, whether it's substantiated or not, the intention of it to desensitize us from the reality of what they leave our state in cannot be dismissed. These insensitive egos in opposition feel no shame, the opposition leader, the former planning minister that ignored the business case in approving the project, today attacks the government for cancelling it and reveals the side letter claiming that the government will compensate regardless of the ruling of the courts and uses it to try and politically attack the current government.
We want people who are going to be responsible and respect this country and us as human beings, devoting their time in the parliament making the decisions that are for the benefit not just for the population in general, but always, always thinking ahead and leaving the country in a better position and place on this earth for our younger generation when they step up to responsibilities we hand them when we have contributed enough of our time.
It's been several years, public transport incompetence is absurd and unnecessary, the people suffer from it, they suffer from being left with no choice but to take their cars out to work, when it should be left to prepare for a holiday trip with the family and friends. The truck drivers, tradesmen and couriers are forced to contend more and more with increasing numbers of cars as the population continues to rapidly build up and move in.
The public transport staff suffer as well, they have endure the nonsense imposed on them because the official response from all politicians is that it's the company's fault and they are wearing the uniform. Forced to continue using primitive equipment to try and achieve deadlines and tasks that have a challenging environment for them as they have a low reliability rate, equipment that comes from the decision of government.
Regardless of liberal, labor or another party, we expect you to execute the office in the best interests of the state, the country and ultimately the people you were chosen by and sworn in with the accountability to look after us.
When you clearly can't make a perfect choice, and have to choose one that is best for society, the sensible and respectful people will tolerate and understand, they will be willing to adapt it and explain amongst their networks, friend, families and peers.
Hiding business cases and locking contracts with cancellation clauses setting legal traps has no justification for governing society. Respect the office you are voted in to administer. This is your responsibility once you are in government.