Merri-bek Council calls for public transport investment, not East-West Link (media release)

Moreland City Council has called on the Morrison Federal Government to divert the $4 billion earmarked for East West Link to much needed investment in public transport infrastructure across Melbourne.

Mayor of the City of Merri-bek Cr Natalie Abboud said Council’s position on East West Link had not changed since 2014, when Council opposed the project and joined Supreme Court legal action against it.

“Moreland City Council has always supported investment in public transport over roads,” Cr Abboud said.

“As an inner-city council with a responsibility for working towards sustainable transport solutions we are prioritising projects that break car dependence.

“We want to see essential projects such as the suburban rail loop being brought forward and receiving federal funding.

“We want to work with other levels of government to deliver crucial public transport infrastructure for our community, including the duplication of the Upfield Rail Line and the Glenroy Level Crossing Removal for Merri-bek.”

Moreland City Council’s Plan 2017-21 states that a key priority for Council is to achieve a demonstrable shift towards walking, cycling and public transport, with a reduction in car use.