Sustainable Transport

The Age: Crossing work off target

By May 31, 20062 Comments

Amid a State Budget that was simply a disappointment for Melbourne’s public transport system, The Age has reported on the government’s continuation inability to meet its own performance targets:

THE State Government will not achieve its target of improving 38 level crossings across the state, saying works are hampered by a skills shortage.

Budget papers released yesterday revealed VicTrack aimed to improve 38 level crossings in 2005-06, but work will be finished on only 20.

The State Government appears unable to manage Melbourne’s public transport system due to a continuous record and cost blowouts and project delays.

PTUA spokesman Alex Makin said the Government had already failed to meet its “low” targets and yesterday’s budget failed to deliver improvements to public transport. He again called on Mr Batchelor to resign.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:


  • mary says:

    Hi great post, I agree with your comments the lack performance shows the Government can’t handle public transport.

  • Alex Makin says:

    Hello Mary,

    Thank you for your comments, I agree that the State Government needs to dramatically improve its handling of public transport projects.

    Rather than continually playing catch up over level crossing safety, the State Government should be progressively grade separating level crossings, to only provide enhanced safety but also to separate road and rail.


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