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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

VICTORIAN LABOR’S TRANSPORT PLAN BIG WIN FOR REGIONAL COMMUTERS

Labor’s State Members for Bendigo, Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan said Labor’s Project 10,000 Transport Plan released today would be a big win for regional commuters, business, industry and agriculture.

“The announcement by Victorian Labor today that the widening of the Tullamarine Freeway to six lanes between the Western Ring Road and the Melbourne Airport will mean an easier commute to Melbourne for commuters and freight traffic using the Calder Freeway”, Ms Edwards said.

“We all know that thanks to the previous Labor government the Calder Freeway was upgraded and is now one of the best Freeways in the State but the bottleneck heading into Melbourne can be very frustrating”.

“Victorian Labor is committed to alleviating the bottleneck heading onto the Tullamarine Freeway and this will mean getting into and out of Melbourne will be much easier for commuters and freight traffic”.

Ms Allan said that under Project 10,000 Victorian Labor will guarantee $1 Billion in funding for the repair and upgrade of roads in regional communities.

“Central Victorians from the business community, from the agricultural sector and from industry have been telling us that they want safer, well maintained roads to improve travel times”

“The Liberal National government’s neglect of regional Victoria has seen roads across the State deteriorate to unprecedented levels with highways and local roads falling apart and riddled with dangerous potholes”

Ms Allan said that the Liberal National State government had delayed any commitment to upgrading the Ravenswood intersection until a Federal election forced them into a commitment, even though Labor had been calling for the upgrade to be funded for three years.

“Labor wants to see this project finished as quickly as possible”.

Ms Edwards said Labor’s fully funded transport plan provided a clear alternative to Denis Napthine’s $8 billion, five kilometre tunnel in Melbourne that will benefit no-one in Central Victoria.

“Taxpayers in Central Victoria deserve better value for money and not have all the eggs in one basket.”

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