Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Transport group urges caution on rail tunnel

The Public Transport Users' Association (PTUA) says the Victorian Government should be making the most of existing public transport infrastructure, before investing in a new rail tunnel.

Sir Rod Eddington's report on an east-west transport solution proposed a $7-billion rail tunnel from Footscray to Caulfield.

The Government is considering a public-private partnership as one of the funding options, if the tunnel is approved.

Daniel Bowen, from the PTUA says a new, privatised tunnel would drive up public transport fares.

"We would like to see better use of existing rail infrastructure we have at first before we go and spend [up to] $9-billion on a new rail tunnel," he said.

"So it is a very expensive project and I think the government needs to be very wary before they go ahead and approve it."

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