Progress on East West Link Welcomed
01 November 2013
The federal Coalition Government congratulates the Victorian Government on meeting key milestones this week on the delivery of Melbourne's East West Link road project.
On Wednesday, the Victorian Government released further detail on the East West Link design, including an off-ramp at Ormond Road, upgrades around Elliott Avenue and Mount Alexander Road, and new lanes in both directions on parts of CityLink.
Yesterday, the Comprehensive Impact Statement was released, highlighting the many benefits this project will deliver to Melbourne commuters.
And today, the Treasurer, the Hon Michael O'Brien, announced that the tender process had commenced to the next stage, and stated that contracts to deliver the project will be awarded in the second half of next year.
This is a vital infrastructure project that will improve productivity, decrease business costs and ease congestion in one of Australia's most important economic centres.
Without the East West Link, Melbourne commuters can expect to spend more time stuck in traffic and less time being productive or at home with their family.
That is why I congratulate the Victorian Government on their commitment to moving this project through the necessary planning and approval stages methodically and efficiently.
As promised during the election, the federal Coalition Government will provide $1.5 billion towards East West Link to ensure the project goes ahead.
The Victorian and Federal Governments are committed to delivering this vital infrastructure project.