BUDGET REALITY – NAPTHINE DUMPS MELBOURNE METRO – IT’S A ‘100-YEAR CATASTROPHE’

Posted on 07. May, 2014 in News

It’s official: Denis Napthine has dumped Melbourne Metro, ripping the heart out of Melbourne’s most important transport project.

Instead of doubling the City Loop to run more trains on every line, Denis Napthine is building a tunnel to nowhere.

Denis Napthine’s plan will also axe four new stations, including Melbourne University (Parkville) and the Royal Children’s Hospital (Arden).

This is the ‘100-year catastrophe’ that Liberal Lord Mayor Robert Doyle predicted. Commuters will face a public transport nightmare every morning and night.

Quotes attributable to Ms Hennessy:

“Denis Napthine had one chance to build a world-class public transport system, and he blew it.”

“Instead of doubling the size of the City Loop, he’s diverting trains away from the CBD to an undeveloped Fishermans Bend.”

“This is a public transport disaster and our train network will be paralysed for decades.”

Key Facts

• Four new stations axed including Melbourne University and the Royal Children’s Hospital.
• The Napthine Government has cut the Public Transport budget by $455.4 million since taking office.
• Cuts to Public Transport Networks and Maintenance in the 2013 Budget were over $95 million.
• The Napthine Government’s broken public transport promises include Doncaster Rail, Rowville Rail, Avalon Rail, Southland Station, Upgrade of level crossings, the return of passenger trains between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo and the redevelopment of Flinders Street Station.

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