Road congestion in Melbourne is at a crisis point. This crisis has been caused by a lack of investment, planning, foresight and political willpower over a number of decades. We believe the following strategies will help alleviate the issue:
- Road funding models should be considered and implemented to address congestion in our cities. For example a CBD Congestion Tax could be implemented to all who travel within a zone around the CBD between 7am and 7pm.
- There should be a cap on the number of Ride Share vehicles on the roads.
- New road infrastructure and improvements should be built with consideration for bike lanes, including all major roads.
- Road maintenance programs are highly inefficient; much needed funding and proper planning should be implemented; especially in Rural and Regional Victoria to maintain a safe road network.
- We support the building of the North East Link to help ease congestion in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
- We support the building of the East West Link to enable easy transition from one side of the CBD to the other. This must be built either before or at the same time as the North East Link, so as not to cause congestion on the Eastern Freeway, Hoddle Street and Alexander Avenue.
- We do not support extended tolling of existing toll-roads to pay for new toll-roads.