Council today decided to go forward with a non-rail bridge option for both replacement and refurbishment. I am very glad to hear that sanity prevails.
Of all the futures I can imagine in the next fifty years, there is none that has the E&N line being used for any significant passenger rail. In any case, ending at the roundhouse in Vic West is actually a better place because you can better connect to buses there than at the corner of Store and Pandora.
I believe that the council will chose the refurbishment option because they are smart enough to know that the new bridge option will not be able to pass a referendum. Refurbishment comes with a big crowd of avid supporters that will campaign for a Yes vote. Given the number of people that signed the counter petition, the refurbishment option will win by a landslide.
So what we are looking at is a debt of something in the order of $60 million for the City. What will the City do to ensure that this is firm cap? What will they do to reduce that number?