The benefits of Victoria’s infrastructure developments will outweigh the short term pain of road and public transport disruptions, but even more public transport projects need the green light according to Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton.
Road closures announced this week will see sections of Flinders Street close for up to three years and even more disruptions are expected to train services across the city as major projects such as Metro Tunnel, the North East Link and the Suburban Rail Loop start to impact commuters.
“This is the price of progress, and this massive infrastructure blitz is desperately needed, especially works to extend and improve our public transport infrastructure,” says Mr Barton.
“We’re playing catch up now and it’s going to hurt, but the benefits will outweigh short term pain.”
Mr Barton said he would encourage the government to “keep at it” and get started on other heavy and light rail projects that had been on the back burner for decades.
“We need more public transport infrastructure. Light rail to Rowville needs to progress and I look forward to announcements on this project in the near future as decisions on the loop station at Monash are announced.