Heidi Victoria MP

Hon Heidi Victoria MLA

Member for Bayswater District

  • Shadow Minister for Arts and Culture
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events
  • Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs

A Liberal Nationals Government will build an East West Link AND a North East Link to unclog traffic congestion all the Eastern Freeway route.

Everyone is frustrated by local traffic congestion which makes our roads dangerous for all road users as well as causes delays and frustrations which means we have less time to spend with family and friends.

Traffic congestion costs the Victorian economy a staggering $5.54 billion a year.

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will design an East West Link and a North East Link in tandem with construction expected to commence in 2020-21 following final determination of the route in consultation with the Office of Projects Victoria. 

A Liberal Nationals Government will continue with the development of a North East Link consistent with the current timeline but including an immediate review to change elements of the design, including tunnel portal location and property acquisitions.

It is expected that an East West Link and a North East Link will be fully completed by around 2026 and 2027 respectively.

Only the Liberal Nationals will remove traffic lights and roundabouts through grade separations at 55 of Melbourne and Geelong’s busiest, most congested intersections.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a comprehensive congestion-busting plan for Melbourne’s highways and arterial roads. 

The Liberal Nationals have already announced their traffic light removal program which will include removing the intersection at Maroondah Hwy and Springvale Road and the intersection of Burwood Hwy and Springvale Road. We are also working with the local community on identifying a further 20 intersections. 

Only the Liberal Nationals will deliver around 19,000 jobs in the construction of an East West Link, a North East Link and the removal of 55 busy and dangerous intersections.

Daniel Andrews wants to build his North East Link without fixing the Eastern Freeway. That will put an extra 100,000 cars a day on the Eastern Freeway which is already gridlocked most of the day.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will build a better designed North East Link as well as an East West Link to unclog local traffic congestion and get Victoria moving.

Daniel Andrews and Labor’s design for their North East Link requires a number of improvements. 

This is a once in a century opportunity to build a North East Link and fix local congestion so we need to get it 100% right. 

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will continue with the development of a North East Link consistent with the current timeline but including an immediate review to change elements of the design, including tunnel portal location and property acquisitions.

It is intended that private property, business and educational land acquisitions for this project will be reduced through design changes and private, community and industrial land be saved through tunnel portal redesigns. 

Melbourne is jam-packed and about to hit the 5 million mark. Melbourne cannot continue growing at this pace until our roads, transport and services infrastructure catches up.

We can’t keep playing this game of infrastructure catch-up and we have to start getting ahead.

Daniel Andrews only wants to build his poorly designed North East Link without fixing the Eastern Freeway. But only building his North East Link will put an extra 100,000 more cars on to the Eastern Freeway which is already gridlocked almost 24 hours a day. 

Unlike Daniel Andrews and Labor, we will not introduce or increase tolls on any existing roads, including the Eastern Freeway, to fund the construction of this Super Highway.”

Comments attributable to Liberal for Bayswater, Heidi Victoria:

“People across Melbourne’s East would celebrate the removal of the ridiculous bottleneck our freeway ends in. A city with a population of 5 million shouldn’t have such major roads ending in T-intersections.

“Our solution would provide for greater movement for our everyday goods, or for tradies to get around and for the rest of us to get home to our loved ones sooner.

Comments attributable to Liberal for Ringwood, Dee Ryall:

“The Eastern Freeway is already a car park during peak-hour but if Daniel Andrews has his way and only builds a North East Link he’s going to put another 100,000 cars a day onto the Eastern. 

That means, if we don’t build the East West Link and fix the Eastern Freeway motorists will soon need to take a packed lunch just to drive from our local suburbs to the city.

Matthew Guy’s plan to build a Super Highway, linking a North East Link with an East West Link is a game changer for local motorists.  It’s going to unclog the bottleneck at the end of the Eastern Freeway and cut travel times.”

 

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Heidi Victoria

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