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To: Dr Dennis Napthine; CEOs of shortlisted consortia
Don't destroy our homes and parks to build East West Link
In October, you will formally launch the tender process for the East West Link. The current proposed route for the East West Link will destroy homes, businesses, parklands and sporting grounds.
However, there is a perfectly viable alternative. The eastern end of the tunnel could be built through the central reserve on the Eastern Freeway (with space being reserved for a train or light rail along the centre of the tunnel). The western end could be moved to the industrial area in Kensington, with traffic merging straight onto Citylink and the Bolte Bridge. This would allow drivers to travel either to the city or the western suburbs in a reasonable time, instead of moving them from the horrendous rush hour traffic jam at Alexandra Pde to the equally appalling traffic jams on Flemington Road and Elliott Avenue.
Please make it a condition of your tender that the tenderers submit a design which avoids existing homes and businesses, and takes drivers onto CityLink directly, instead of stranding them in some of the most congested streets in Melbourne.
Why is this important?
The current planned route for East West Link will destroy homes, businesses, parklands and sporting grounds. There is an alternative: create the eastern on and off ramps through the train reserve (while leaving space for an underground train tunnel to the CBD) and create the western offramps in the industrial area near Macaulay Station, taking traffic straight onto Citylink, while avoiding the congestion of Flemington Road.
This means that drivers can use the link to travel into the city; to the western suburbs; to the airport; or out to the South Eastern Freeway - a much better outcome than exiting onto two heavily congested roads (Flemington Rd and Elliott Ave).