A STRANGE LULL AT HALF TIME

Andrew’s doing a terrific job making meaning from the these long days at the East West Link Public Hearings.

East West Link Blog

By Andrew Herington

The tempo of the hearings dropped markedly today as the last of the council witnesses were heard.

Michelle Zeibots, a Sydney academic who has specialised in induced traffic gave a strong performance explaining in detail the numerous factors that result in overall traffic increases when new road space is provided.

The LMA has adopted a tactic of not arguing the detail but spending most of their time either trying to attack the credibility of the expert witnesses or luring them into agreeing there is “some merit” in the East west Link.

Of course, every transport project has some benefits for someone – especially if you spend $8 billion building it.

The issue is whether the benefits are justified compared to the costs and the social equity of who is benefitting (Doncaster residents getting to the airport five minutes early at the expense of sleepless nights for residents in the…

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