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

Expressions of Interest open on M80 upgrade

Media Release

WT309/2015

30 September 2015

Joint release with:

Luke Donnellan

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Victorian drivers are closer to seeing a major bottleneck removed on the M80 Ring Road with expressions of interest opening today for the upgrade of the freeway between Sunshine Avenue and Calder Freeway.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government has committed $150 million toward the upgrade.

“The Australian Government has committed $4.8 billion to develop and improve land transport infrastructure in Victoria, to benefit the State's ongoing economic and social development and to boost transport productivity and efficiency,” Mr Truss said.

“This particular upgrade project will improve safety and reduce congestion for the 160,000 drivers who use the freeway every day, delivering a more reliable commute for drivers, freight operators and the local community.”

Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Luke Donnellan said the Victorian Government will also contribute $150 million toward the Freeway which includes the construction of additional traffic lanes and the installation of public safety barriers.

“We're getting on with removing a notorious bottleneck which will deliver quicker journeys for drivers, the local community and the freight industry,” Mr Donnellan said.

 “We're delivering the infrastructure projects that Victoria needs so Victorians spend less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with their families.”

Expressions of Interest for the project open from today, Wednesday, 30 September with the formal tender process to commence in late 2015.

The project is expected to commence in mid-2016 and be finished in late 2018.

For more information please visit VicRoads website at www.vicroads.vic.gov.au.