ST KILDA ROAD TRAFFIC CHAOS
Signs – “Seek alternate Route”.
Memo to traffic managers – The thousands who live and work in the area have no choice.
The Victorian Government and Jacinta Allen should be made to live and work in the area now, they couldn’t care less about the traffic and noise the thousands of residents and workers have to endure.
DESIGN WORK – MAKE IT UP AS YOU GO ALONG – CYP either do not have a final design or will not tell us.
Where are the exhaust shafts? Are the station entrances discrete? Will the final design replace the nature strips? Will it still be a Boulevard or a concrete jungle because its cheaper?
HERITAGE VICTORIA GIVES GO AHEAD TO CUT DOWN MORE TREES
COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF THE DISASTER OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BOULEVARD
HERITAGE VICTORIA – History from 1862 abandoned
Hard to believe the body whose only job is to protect our heritage, gave the green light to begin the process to destroy this Melbourne icon.
And without the final design decided. – Those who pay the piper call the tune. Same applies to the MMRA – Stuff the public, they only get in the way.
St Kilda Road and a surrounding precinct encompassing the Shrine of Remembrance and Domain Parklands have been added to the National Heritage List. Thanks to Barry Jones AC, and Tom Harley.
But the decision came too late to save the plane and elm trees from the chainsaw.
Traffic along St Kilda Road has been severely restricted for at least three years, all but one lane of traffic is closed in each direction around the Domain tram interchange. There is growing community concern the process has been rushed and that construction methods with less impact were not properly considered.
Promised consultation rarely happens, and when it does officials tell the locals what is going to happen.
We were promised a lot of offset road works to divert St Kilda Road traffic, appart from tinkering around the edges little has happened.
Residents are experiencing noise and disruption as work around the site ramps up.
How can a Government that we put in office to protect our heritage, allow this wanton destruction to take place? Our forefathers back in the nineteenth century designed this magnificent boulevard from a dirt track for the citizens of Melbourne. Make no mistake, the station could have been moved a short distance to save St Kilda Road.
Who and why ?
St Kilda Road action group is working on behalf of 8,000 plus directly affected residents, Domain Precinct Preservation Association, Save St Kilda Road, who are working tirelessly behind the scenes, other interested groups, commuters and individuals estimated at 150,000 plus, affected by by this inappropriate development. 24 hours a day 7 days a week for 5 years. The worksite almost touches the buildings.
Without Government power behind it and its Minister’s ability to make executive decisions, the MMRA would not be able to proceed. Heritage and traffic issues are chaotic.
It is rarely acknowledged that this proposed devastation is not just to build the station it is the main work site for the whole project, Including the launch site for the huge tunnel boring machines.
MMRA promised consultation? – It never happened.
Many who live, work, commute through and love this iconic boulevard are outraged that Melbourne Rail Authority and the Government’s implements the destruction around the Domain tram interchange area, now known as Anzac Station.
MMRA called for alternate submissions, all were knocked back because they didn’t meet the Ministers declaration that it the station had to be located under St Kilda Road and Albert Road. You would think this was joke if it wasn’t so serious.
St Kilda Road is one of Melbourne’s best serviced areas for public transport, why we need a train station is beyond me. South Yarra, 5 minutes along the track is crying out for a station but the Government says it will not fund it. Upgrading the trams and stops would make much more sense.
MMRA “reviewed ” the positioning of the station and surprise surprise without outside consultation found their location would be unchanged.
Is it any wonder Victorians are so disenchanted with Government. The new Domain tram interchange only built in 2013, at a cost of over $10,000,000 is to be demolished to build the new underground station.
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The Save St Kilda Road Group are very professional and are the best contact if you wish to assist in any way including donations. Petitions, Facebook, twitter etc.
WHO WOULD WANT TO PUT A BULLDOZER THROUGH THIS?
Save St Kilda Road