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

Progress on East West Link Welcomed

Media Release

JB007/2013

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.