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Naming games

Coming back from a work trip to Rutherglen, I was struck again how what logically should be the Northern Ring Road, as distinct from the Western Ring Road, is instead labelled the Metropolitan Ring Road. Wikipedia tells us that it is officially the Northern Ring Road, but the signage says it is the Metropolitan Ring Road. As if being not Western makes it somehow more serious, indeed Metropolitan.

The Wikipedia entry also directs one to the 1969 Melbourne Transport Plan, which has been criticised as really a highway plan yet, if it had been fully implemented, would have resulted in rather more public transport infrastructure than currently exists. As for only 14% of proposed expenditure in the 1969 Plan being on public transport, as roughly 14% of trips in Melbourne are public transport, that was about proportional (in fact, slightly more than).

Much of the plan has since been implemented, just much later than originally scheduled. The (new) infrastructure drought from the end of the Hamer Government to the beginning of the Kennett Government (replacing trams doesn't count) meant that Melbourne has being playing "catch up" ever since. 

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