Ellen Sandell, Greens candidate for Melbourne, has announced the Greens commitment to fill in missing links across Melbourne’s tram network.
"At the moment, if you live in North Melbourne and want to visit a friend in Fitzroy, or travel from Carlton to Smith St to go shopping, it's impossible without going in to the CBD and back out again. Particularly at peak times this is a real inconvenience, and adds pressure to trams that are already operating at 150% capacity" Ms Sandell said.
"As the city gets bigger and bigger, people want to use public transport and leave the car at home. By filling crucial gaps in tram lines in Victoria St we're helping make this a reality for Melburnians. This new tram route will be a real East West link that Melburnians want and need."
“The Liberal party's disastrous East West toll road will cost $1 billion per kilometre, whereas tram lines only cost $15 to $29 million per kilometre. The toll road is more than 60 times more expensive per kilometre than public transport solutions. This is an example of the smart public transport solutions we need rather than a road that's going to cripple investment in public transport for a decade. People don't want to rely on their cars, and we've got practical, affordable solutions to help make it happen." Ms Sandell said.