201312091100 oz4lca comment
Readers will find http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/secret-report-on-eastwest-link-reveals-traffic-explosion-20131208-2yzgz.html#comments relevant and of interest. My contributing comment was:
"For such a monumental investment in a small corner of Metropolitan Melbourne the health impact statement required for the project needs to clearly quantify the health and well-being benefits to the local and wider community. If this is beyond State and Federal Government capacity and capability at this moment then contracts require to be delayed till it can be demonstrated by thorough research and modelling that one or other tunnel entrance, scrubbing stack, elevated roadway, parkland take up and street modification is more health serving than another.
Put another way: which possible infrastructure options will degrade and down-grade the local regions less?"
Figure 1: Stage 1 EWL Tunnel Connections over the Trin Warren Parklands to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and Port of Melbourne
RELEVANT MEDIA ITEMS WORTH READING INCLUDE:
One of the latest media statements may be found here.
201312121700 the following was submitted
East West Link (Eastern Section)
Submission to the Project Assessment Committee
Many in the communities affected by the EWL accept that building the route is a political decision. It is not primarily a rational decision based on meeting community values and expectations. Of course there are some benefits to several leaders of industry sectors, investors and local communities. The case to invest monumental amounts of money in advance of other transport options than the EWL arguably does not reflect the optimization of net benefit to be derived from the Melbourne Metropolitan land-use and transport system by say the census year of 2051. Other submissions than this are presenting sound cases that freight and people movements can benefit more from alternative routes and PT.
Please note that though I am a vice -president of the TCPA, this is a private submission and is not necessarily the view of neither the committee nor all the TCPA members. The submission reflects the views of many in my community.
I have lived in and been associated with the Carlton environs since 1960 and still live several 100 meters from the proposed tunnel route. My grandsons attend Gold Street PS.
2 Health and Wellbeing Benefits
2.1 Noise Pollution
There is no doubt that the current noise pollution to residents, shoppers and recreational users of the parks and sporting fields will reduce while vehicles are in the tunnels. However the huge elevated roadways at each end will destroy parkland amenity 24/7. The Hoddle Street two lane ramp to the east will actually be above the existing railway line. A net reduction in noise pollution for the project needs to be proven by the LMA
2.2 Air Pollution
Scrubber stacks can certainly reduce air pollution to residents, shoppers and recreational users of the parks and sporting fields while vehicles are in the tunnels. However the huge elevated roadways at each end will only add to the overall pollution of the Melbourne air-shed. The Hoddle Street two lane ramp to the east will actually be above the existing railway line and pollute the natural Yarra Bend Parklands. Let alone the pollution form above over the Trin Warren Ponds at the Tullamarine Airport serving exit. A net reduction in air pollution for the project needs to be proven by the LMA. What is the rationalization for the air vent close to the Gold Street School. Surely this is a Health Department issue?
2.3 Visual Pollution
Reduction from adverse visual impact from vehicles is certainly possible by undergrounding traffic and creating parkland at natural ground level over the traffic lanes in tunnels. An approximate estimate is that the visual pollution contributing to loss of quality parkland from the elevated roadways is more than 50 hectares. Can the liveability index for Melbourne stand this quantity of green visual amenity loss?
2.4 Degradation of Open Space
The Royal Park, the Moonee Ponds Creek, the Yarra Bend Park and the Merri Creek open green space environs will all loose quality because of the elevated roadways with more heavy truck and commercial traffic. How space time modelling can be used to justify the time spent lowering the public and personal health benefits to the wider community from the project in terms of shortening commuting, recreational and commercial travel time is a challenge for the LMA.
2.5 Travel and Transport to Benefit Health
There is a worldwide consensus that a few conditions of ill-health are still on the rise when indexed against say a 100,000 of an exposed population, The sedentary behavior from driving, rather than active transport by walking, cycling and/or PT effects diabetes 2 onset. Significantly Diabetes 2 rates are still on the increase in Australia and Melbourne. Apart from diabetes, arguably population level outcome health improvement rates are all improving except maybe for some respiratory conditions.
Two main consequences arise from the EWL. Firstly, will the EWL discourage active use of parklands and active transport and secondly will the EWL travel facilitate more time being spent sedentary in cars.
Both health outcomes need to be costed into project evaluation.
3 The Spoils
What shall be done with the millions of cubic metres of excavation? In particular when the metro Rail tunnels are built under the City as well.
To replace quality parkland lost, consideration should be given to extend the Port Phillip Shorelines into the Bay for new Parklands and nature reserves.
Or dare one suggest build islands in the Bay such as is currently being done from the London Cross Link tunnel spoils at Wallasea Island in the Thames River, to be Europe’s largest new nature reserve.
I look forward to giving a twenty minute presentation on the above items early in 2014.
Horst (Oz) Kayak
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Vice-President TCPA (Vic)
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