Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 - RACV Travel
Five days out from when they cast their vote, Victorians still have no complete and costed transport strategy from the ALP, the Coalition or the Greens, said RACV General Manager Public Policy Brian Negus.

Mr Negus said a commitment to improve transport was an essential outcome from the state election but all political parties had neglected to address a number of critical projects vital to Victoria’s economic growth.

“A cohesive and integrated transport system is fundamental to Victoria’s future but all parties have failed to deliver on a comprehensive plan,” said Mr Negus.

“On a number of these critical transport issues, the ALP, the Coalition and the Greens are missing-in-action.”

RACV’s election website – www.racvelectionmonitor.com.au – has been scrutinising the promises put forward by the major parties on transport issues and has listed the key projects missing from their policies.

Mr Negus said the ALP’s Victorian Transport Plan addressed a number of important areas but ignored critical projects including the East /West road tunnel from the Eastern Freeway to CityLink and connecting to WestLink, the second stage of the East/West rail tunnel from the Domain to Caulfield Station and a high speed rail link to Melbourne airport.

“Congestion, adequate public transport and improvements to road safety are key issues in this election and the ALP’s policies do not adequately address these issues,” said Mr Negus.

The Coalition’s Transport Plan outlined several significant public transport projects for Victoria but was lacking in funding commitment to a number of important programs including the East/West road tunnel from the Eastern Freeway to CityLink extending to the Western Ring Road, the essential North/East missing link to fill the gap between the Northern Ring Road, Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway/Eastlink and the East/West metro rail tunnel between Footscray and Caulfield stations.

“The Coalition’s plan proposes a number of key projects but neglects others, and a strong commitment to the Airport Rail Link rather than their policy of yet another planning study is what is needed for Victoria,” said Mr Negus.

The Greens Transport Policy focused strongly on public transport with commitment to key projects such as the Airport Rail Link and the Doncaster Rail Line but had not provided enough detail on how the plan would be funded or delivered.

The Greens plan for public transport is solid but it fails to recognise the need for an integrated transport system in Victoria that takes into account not only public transport but road infrastructure and road users,” said Mr Negus.

“All the key projects and initiatives listed at the RACV election website are essential for Victoria’s future economic growth and the social well-being of our community, and for jobs growth and safety. In this election, Victorians expect political parties to comprehend what is needed to improve public transport and roads across Melbourne and in regional Victoria and commit to providing a comprehensive and integrated plan with clear timelines and funding.”

Voters who want to know more about what the major political parties have promised – and failed to promise – in the lead up to the State Election should visit http://www.racvelectionmonitor.com.au. The website scrutinises the promises of the major political parties on transport issues and rates whether their policies will deliver what Victoria needs.

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