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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Transporting Melbourne and other bits - Part II

Hun Editorial - The right tram
The use of eight key tram routes to test an upgrade of the system is a welcome step towards saving Melbourne from disappearing beneath cars and bitumen. Transport Minister Peter Batchelor flagged a trial of more convenient tram stops and new sets of priority traffic lights for trams. But why stop there? In stating that the outlook for Melbourne's traffic is bleak without change, Mr Batchelor did not address the vital need for a new extended network of rail and tram routes.

$10m for Pakenham rail - Election 2004
Federal Labor will contribute $10 million to a $25 million upgrade of the Pakenham station and railway if it wins Government. Opposition transport spokesman Martin Ferguson yesterday announced that a Labor federal government would go into partnership with the Bracks Government to improve passenger facilities and rail infrastructure at the station.

Drivers' night curfew canned
A curfew banning inexperienced drivers at night has been ruled out by the State Government, but new rules that restrict P-platers from carrying passengers are still on the agenda.

Diversity sharpens knife-edge balance
With a Liberal margin of 3.7 per cent, the seat of La Trobe on Melbourne's eastern outskirts, might normally seem out of reach for a Labor Party already at a high-tide mark in Victoria.

$13.5m Ocean Road spend-up
Steve Bracks yesterday unveiled a $13.5 million plan to make the Great Ocean Road safer. The safety and planning strategy was launched in Jan Juc yesterday during the State Government's Community Cabinet visit to the Surf Coast. The TAC program will fund guardrails, reflective guideposts, warning signs and improved line marking. The road surfacing program will extend the bicycle network at Jan Juc and Apollo Bay and provide pedestrian crossings at Anglesea.

Deadly smash prompts safety warning
Police have urged motorists to slow down on country roads and observe wildlife signs after a freak fatal road smash involving a kangaroo on Friday. A 51-year-old Melbourne man died when a kangaroo crashed through his windscreen south of Bendigo about 7pm.

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