Monday, July 9, 2012

The Age - Drill sites give clue to future path of road tunnel

In an application to Melbourne City Council the Baillieu government is requesting approval for 13 test drilling sites in Royal Park and surrounding suburbs to plan for the multibillion-dollar project.
In an indication of its preferred route for the tunnel, maps show the drill sites run in a direct line from Alexandra Parade under the Melbourne Cemetery and Royal Park.
At the back of the indicative route the drill sites split, suggesting locations for inbound and outbound connections to CityLink in Royal Park and nearby neighbourhoods....
...The tunnel project has emerged as one of the major issues in the upcoming by-election for the state seat of Melbourne being fought between Labor and the Greens.Deputy Labor leader James Merlino said last night that Ted Baillieu ''can play charades all he likes but the simple facts are he is proposing to drill holes on an unfunded project that is unlikely to ever be built, while road congestion in Melbourne worsens''.
Greens leader Greg Barber said Labor's opposition to the tunnel was expedient and for the cost of the project Melbourne could have a ''dream public transport system''.
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This is one of the key differentiators between the previous (Labor) State Government's suggestions for the East-West Tunnel, and the current (Liberal) State Government's suggestion.  It appears links from the tunnel headed into the city could be likely onto Flemington Road, or thereabouts.  Or, alternatively, that second path could be part of a continuation to eventually link up with routes in the west.

And we all know the proposed route of THAT side of East-West Link last proposal.

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