Building Victoria's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Media Release

BUDGET INFRA 08/2014

13 May 2014

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government has made a record $7.6 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Victoria.

The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.

The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Victoria.

Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.

Better roads mean less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.

The Abbott Government's investment in Victoria will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.

Key Victorian projects include:

  • East West Link:  Construction of the Eastern Section (Stage 1) of the East West Link from Eastern Freeway in Clifton Hill to CityLink in Parkville (approximately 6 kilometres) and acceleration of delivery of the Western Section (Stage 2) from the Port of Melbourne to the Western Ring Road in Sunshine West.
    • Federal contribution: $3 billion
    Western Highway – Ballarat to Stawell Duplication: The project will complete planning for the duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell and duplicate approximately 57 kilometres from Ballarat to Buangor.
    • Federal contribution: $263.4 million
  • Princes Highway West – Winchelsea to Colac Duplication: The project will duplicate approximately 38 kilometres of the Princes Highway West from Winchelsea to Colac.
    • Federal contribution: $185.5 million
  • St Albans Road Rail Level Crossing: The project will grade separate Main Road in St Albans from the Sunbury Rail Line.
    • Federal contribution: $151 million

$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $1.1 billion for Victoria.

Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spot projects, in addition to our new $300 million bridges programme.

The funds for Victoria make the state one of the largest recipients of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.

The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.

Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

Victoria—Key Projects

Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.

KEY PROJECTSTOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19
$M
LOCATION
Ballarat Avenue of Honour Rail Crossing Opening
  • Reconnection of Remembrance Drive, through Installation of an active level crossing to enable a continuous route across the existing rail line.

1.0

Ballarat
Ballarat Freight Hub
  • The $9.1 million Australian Government contribution will fund core infrastructure to enable the operation of a freight facility capable of handling High Productivity Freight Vehicles, within the planned Ballarat West Employment Zone

9.1

Ballarat
Bedford Road and Great Ryrie Street Intersection Upgrade
  • Installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Bedford Road and Great Ryrie Street in Ringwood.

1.0

Melbourne
Condah-Hotspur Road Upgrade
  • Upgrade of approximately 14 kilometres of Condah-Hotspur Road and the Crawford River Bridge near Heywood.

2.5

Heywood
Dana Street and Dawson Street Intersection Upgrade
  • Installation of dedicated turning lanes at the intersection of Dana and Dawson Streets.

0.1

Ballarat
Duplication of the Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea
  • Duplication of approximately 25 kilometres of the Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea.

19.7

South West Victoria
East West Link
  • Construction of the Eastern Section (Stage 1) of the East West Link from Eastern Freeway in Clifton Hill to CityLink in Parkville and acceleration of delivery of the Western Section (Stage 2) from the Port of Melbourne to the Western Ring Road in Sunshine West.

3000.0

Melbourne
Great Ocean Road
  • Works to address the deterioration of the Great Ocean Road and reduce the impact of the local hazards.

25.0

South West Victoria
Craigieburn Road and Hanson Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Installation of traffic lights at Craigieburn Road and Hanson Road.

0.6

Craigieburn
Indigo Shire Roads Package
  • Sealing of approximately 8 kilometres of selected local roads in the Indigo Shire.

1.8

Wodonga
Melbourne Metropolitan Intermodal System:
  • Will support the establishment of Port Rail Shuttle services to improve the efficiency of containerised freight transport throughout Melbourne by connecting the Port of Melbourne to major outer suburban freight hubs by rail

38.0

Melbourne
Managed Motorways—High Street to Warrigal Road
  • Installation of a Level 3 Intelligent Transport System on the Monash Freeway from High Street to Warrigal Road.

9.9

Melbourne
Nepean Highway and Tower Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Upgrade of the intersection at Tower Road on the Nepean Highway near Mount Eliza

0.3

Frankston
Princes Highway West – Winchelsea to Colac Duplication
  • Duplication of approximately 38 kilometres of the Princes Highway West from Winchelsea to Colac.

185.5

South West Victoria
Princes Highway East – Overtaking Lanes
  • Construction of three overtaking lanes near Hospital, Dinner and Wombat Creeks between Nowa Nowa and Orbost.

5.4

South East Victoria
Princes Highway East (Traralgon to Sale)
  • Duplication of approximately
    21 kilometres of the 47 kilometres between Traralgon to Sale.

75.8

South East Victoria
Calder Highway – Ravenswood Interchange
  • Grade separation of the existing at grade interchange between the Calder Highway and Calder Alternative Highway at Ravenswood.

45.0

Bendigo
Surrey Road and Junction Road Intersection Upgrade
  • Installation of traffic lights at the intersection of Surrey and Junction Road.

0.5

Melbourne
Warrnambool Intermodal Terminal
  • Upgrade and expansion of the intermodal terminal at Warrnambool.
 

0.2

Warrnambool
Western Highway—Upgrade between Stawell and the South Australian Border
  • Construction of new overtaking lanes and rest areas, upgrading and strengthening of existing bridges and widening of shoulders from Stawell to the South Australian Border.

16.8

Western Victoria
Western Highway -Ballarat to Stawell Duplication
  • Planning for the duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell and duplication of approximately 57 kilometres from Ballarat to Buangor.

263.4

Ballarat to Stawell