(Remember, a survey showed only 38% of RACV members support East West Link.)
Ah yes, choice. Let me give you an example of transport choice.
My friend Gary had a choice. For years he endured the 232 bus across the Westgate Bridge to work in Port Melbourne. Every time I’d see him he’d have a tale of the latest delays, missing buses, and service diverted.
The service kept declining, so eventually he gave up. After hearing his tales of woe, I couldn’t blame him. He’d given it a good go.
So now he drives. Now he’s stuck in the Westgate traffic with all the other drivers.
As a parting shot, the bus service was effectively deleted – the version of the 232 that ran via Port Melbourne no longer runs. If he had to use the bus today, he’d have go of all the way into the City, then back out again.
That’s not choice.
The problem is not that people don’t have the choice to drive. The problem is not a lack of road space.
After 70 years of motorway investment, and little into other modes of travel, the problem is that too many people drive because they have no other viable choice.