Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Congestion Eases for Greensborough-bound Drivers on M80

Media Release

WT033/2014

07 March 2014

Joint release with:

Terry Mulder

Victorian Minister for Roads

Drivers on the M80 Ring Road will experience a smoother ride from today, with an additional lane open between Edgars Road and Plenty Road.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new lane, constructed as part of the $2.25 billion M80 Ring Road Upgrade, will alleviate congestion and increase capacity.

“Bottlenecks are common during the morning and afternoon peak at Edgars Road, Greensborough-bound, as drivers merge into two lanes from three, and slow to 80 kilometres per hour.

“The changed traffic conditions remove this bottleneck, and by next week will allow drivers to travel at 100 kilometres per hour all the way on the Ring Road from the West Gate Freeway interchange at Laverton to Plenty Road.

“This is great news for the 140,000 drivers who use the M80 Ring Road every day.”

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder said an additional Altona-bound lane from Edgars Road to Plenty Road is due to open later this month along with a speed limit increase in that direction.

“Once open, drivers will enjoy three lanes in each direction from Edgars Road to Plenty Road and up to four lanes between some interchanges.

“We anticipate that the Edgars Road to Plenty Road section will be completed by mid-2014.”

The M80 Ring Road upgrade is being jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments.

It will improve safety and reduce congestion along the entire 38 kilometre stretch of freeway from Laverton North to Greensborough.

Two sections of the M80 Ring Road—Calder Freeway to Sydney Road, and Western Highway to Sunshine Avenue—were completed last year, bringing the total to 16 kilometres of upgraded freeway.