Melbourne Transport Policy – East West Toll or Everything else.

This graphical representation shows how a massive list of public transport upgrades, including Doncasters’ rail, could be delivered for the same cost as the East West Toll Road.

It is what Melbourne could get for $14 Billion rather than the East-West Tollroad, i.e. a dramatic upgrade of public transport for the entire Melbourne network

Thanks to the Carlton Residents Association for  sharing it, and  for preparing it.

East West Toll rd versus Public transport upgrades




YES to Doncaster Rail | NO to East West Toll Road



The Carlton Residents Association Inc.
A0034345G ABN 87 715 923 898
P.O.Box 1140  Carlton Vic 3053


  1. Amelia Tang says:

    The very best outcome would have been a rail line to Greythorn, via the centre strip of the Eastern Freeway, but it now appears it will be replaced by extra traffic lanes to cater for the additional burden generated by the planned east/west tunnel, if it proceeds.
    (Both the South Eastern and Tullamarine freeways have added traffic lanes).
    Doncaster Hill, once acclaimed as the government’s ” jewel in the crown”, in previous 2030 propaganda, is now hopelessly behind schedule and looking more like a “bad apple in the barrel”.
    Back around 2002, the Melbourne 2030 planning authority, under pressure from state government, were so anxious to receive activity centre proposals that, particularly in the instance of Doncaster Hill, political expediency took priority regardless of its blatant lack of basic infrastructure requirements e.g. No railway, a steep non-walkable and narrow street network, lack of employment and no public off-street parking etc. (perhaps they thought the Doncaster Hill would be a sought after address, a little bit like Emerald Hill).
    Manningham, one of the first to submit, much to the surprise of the authority, had the Doncaster Hill strategy already prepared. It could not have been more timely for State government and especially opportune for Manningham, who with no height restrictions, were struggling with speculators due to the then perceived high rise apartment demand on Doncaster Hill, and had responded by preparing a blue print to ensure an orderly scale of development in introducing prescriptive maximum building heights in selected areas.
    It was thought that the inclusion of the Doncaster Hill, as an activity centre under the 2030 umbrella, would be a boon for Manningham, given the support and protection it was expected to receive under the 2030, making it eligible for government funding of infrastructure and public transport (rail) etc.
    A Tang

  2. Rolly says:

    Will the East West really decrease the congetion?
    Or will it just keep up with the population growth.
    At what point will the Government invest in Public Transport?

    1. Chris says:

      Huge amounts of money have been spent on public transport. The Dart system feeds many more areas more frequently than a inflexible city-centric train line.
      Bleating “Iron Horse” advocates must realise that point-to-point and frequency of service can’t be matched by public transport especially in sparsely populated areas.
      Get it into your heads-people drive past railway stations!

  3. Chris says:

    The only way to cartch up with Infrastructure is to reduce population. Freeways don’t increase cars people numbers increase cars.
    All debate about Planning etc distracts from the main issue of population. We should be debating how to contain population- decentralisation,incentives to business to move, no home saving grants within certain radius of CBD etc.

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