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17.16 Frankston line: Minor delays (an ill passenger requiring medical
assistance at Mordialloc).
From 18.00 until Monday 18 June, Heatherton Road will be closed at the
train line for track removal and resurfacing works.
19.49 Belgrave/Lilydale lines: Minor delays (police attending to a
trespasser on tracks). Services may be held.
20.16 Cranbourne/Frankston/Pakenham lines: Minor delays (police). Services
may be held.
Melbourne Express, Wednesday, June 6, 2018
9.05 Minor delays on the Craigieburn, Sandringham, Sunbury and Upfield
Footscray's footpath traders are under threat. For years, they've plied
their wares in Footscray's Little Saigon, but now the elderly
Vietnamese-Australian footpath traders are being told to move along.
Maribyrnong Council has banned traders from selling goods from paths without
a permit. Sellers were told via a sign addressed "Dear itinerant trader"
near the Saigon Welcome Arch.
Residents are up in arms but the council says the traders block footpaths
and their consumable products are a health risk.
Whisps of fog, flying balloons.
It's not fog, Essendon Airport this morning.
One of Express' pet peeves: cars stuck across pedestrian crossings when the
traffic stops. Here's a helpful reminder.
Heatherton Road in Noble Park is closed at the train line in both directions
until June 18.
It's part of scheduled works to remove railway tracks and asphalt the road
surface around the new Noble Park station precinct.
A horse went into a Queensland pub, but it was the rider who left with a
long face. Police say a 51-year-old woman rode the horse through the Logan
City Tavern drive-through.
It is alleged she had a blood-alcohol level more than four times the legal
limit. She has been charged with being in charge of a horse while under the
influence of liquor.
6.01 A thick line of fog is following the Yarra River into town this
morning, making for challenging driving conditions.
Melbourne Airport is so far unaffected but motorists are being urged to
practice a bit of calm on the roads.
"Certainly if you were driving in it, it would seem very thick" (BoM).
5.54 Minor train delays so far on the Upfield line (an equipment fault).
New railway tops list of Sydney's most wanted transport projects 6 June
2018. 34 comments.
Sydneysiders want new public transport infrastructure to take priority over
big road projects, polling shows.
When a representative sample of 1000 adults from across the Sydney basin was
asked to prioritise eight future infrastructure projects, the public
transport options came out on top.
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Nearly one in three rated Sydney Metro West, a high-frequency, underground
railway planned between the central business district and Parramatta, number
one. A total of 63 per cent ranked that project among their top three
priorities, by far the highest share according to the Ipsos poll conducted
for advocacy group the Committee for Sydney.
The second most popular project was the Sydney to Newcastle fast rail - it
was ranked in the top three by 42 per cent.
Separate unpublished Ipsos polling conducted last year showed 88 per cent of
Sydney respondents felt the city needs more public transport, with 55 per
cent agreeing "a lot more" is required.
"There is clearly demand for better public transport and more of it - we
really see that coming through in the data," said Ipsos research institute
director, Stuart Clark.
The least popular project was the F6 Extension, a motorway planned between
St Peters and Waterfall - only 7 per cent of respondents identified it as
the top priority while 25 per cent rated it among the top three.
Eamon Waterford, the Committee for Sydney's acting chief executive, said the
results showed there is public appetite for prioritising new rail projects
over the building of new roads.
"There has been a cultural shift in Sydney as more people are leaving their
cars at home and realising the benefits of using public transport," he said.
"These polling numbers show that there is a greater demand and expectation
from the public for an efficient and integrated transport system and for the
government to continue investing in public transport infrastructure. It
shows strong public support for mass public transit projects like West
Census data shows the share of Sydney workers taking public transport to
work climbed from 23.3 per cent in 2011 to 26.3 per cent in 2016, easily the
highest proportion for any Australian city.
Grattan Institute transport program director Marion Terrill said the pace of
Sydney's growth meant more public transport capacity is needed.
"Sydney's population has increased by 20 per cent in a decade; with such
rapid growth, it's not surprising that people notice the crowding and the
need to relieve pressure on the whole transport system," she said.
The North South Rail Link proposed to run from St Marys via Badgerys Creek
Airport to Campbelltown polled relatively strongly - it ranked in the top
three for 40 per cent of respondents. The Parramatta light rail was ranked
in the top three by 36%.
The West Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link was the most popular road project -
it was the top pick for 12 per cent of respondents and ranked in the top
three by 34 per cent.
Improving the CBD cycle network was a priority for many residents in the
eastern suburbs and inner-west but was only ranked the top priority by 9 per
Fewer than half of respondents (47 per cent) said they were satisfied with
the public transport system and just 17 per cent think Sydney's public
transport compares well with cities of a similar size.
There was also a high level of discontent with Sydney's traffic with only
one in three saying they were satisfied with the city's roads. Among
respondents from western Sydney the share satisfied with the city's roads
was just 25%.
New public transport projects like Sydney Metro Northwest are a high
priority for Sydney voters Photo: Geoff Jones