2030: Gridlock

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I SEE the decision to transfer planning functions from councils to the State Government as just a method to push through unpopular and poorly conceived policy. The existing infrastructure at targeted sites such as Camberwell is simply inadequate to take high-density development — a cornerstone of 2030. Try driving there now. It's a joke.

Public transport? Taking the train every day is an exercise in ritual humiliation. Chronic overcrowding, ageing, dirty rolling stock and a laughably inadequate ticket system make this a truly awful alternative.

The State Government seems intent on pushing through the development part of 2030 without addressing the fundamental infrastructure requirements to cope with the increased numbers. Development seems concentrated in locations that are already overcrowded and gridlocked. It's not a matter of ideology, it's just common sense that this is an ill-conceived policy.

Terry Dear, Hawthorn East