RACV General Manager, Public Policy, Brian Negus said the RACV Election Monitor website would examine the policies of Labor, the Coalition and the Greens on transport issues and track whether the announcements were new spending or old promises.
Mr Negus said the website details vital projects needed to ease congestion, improve public transport, reduce the road toll and improve road safety.
These projects have been identified with input from RACV members and include:
- the essential North/East missing link to fill the gap between the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough and Eastern Fwy/Eastlink to cut severe congestion in Melbourne’s north-east;
- the complete East-West metro rail tunnel between Footscray and Caulfield stations;
- the East/West road tunnel from the Eastern Fwy to CityLink and connected to Westlink;
- the WestLink Project, with a tunnel under the Maribyrnong River with a westward extension to the Western Ring Road;
- a high-speed rail link between Southern Cross Station and Melbourne Airport;
- a program to eliminate all major level crossings in the metro area by completing at least five crossings a year;
- fix the outstanding traffic hazards on the M1 project including reinstating the fourth lane across the Warrigal Road bridge, restoring the 100km/h speed limits east of Toorak Rd and improving capacity on the Bolte Bridge to Burnley Tunnel ramp;
- an immediate ban on trucks in the right-hand lane on all freeways with three or more lanes in each direction and additional Smart Bus services including an inner orbital service around the centre of Melbourne.
“RACV has been advocating for improvements to roads and public transport for some time and these projects, and others now listed on our website, are essential to reduce congestion, improve public transport and improve road safety. It is imperative that in the lead-up to the State election, the political parties inform Victorians on where they stand on these projects and initiatives and when they will be implemented,” said Mr Negus.
“Congestion and the lack of adequate and timely public transport will be key issues in this election and action must be taken before Melbourne once again grinds to a halt because of a freeway crash or our public transport system again breaks down leaving commuters stranded.
“These projects are vital not only to our future economic growth but also to the social well-being of our community, to jobs growth and to our safety. In this election, Victorians expect political parties to do the right thing and commit to these essential and significant transport projects in Victoria.”
The RACV election website not only lists transport policies from the three major parties but has a “report card” rating whether the policies announced address the transport issues faced by Victorians.
When a policy is announced, RACV transport experts will review that policy, provide our view on whether it is what Victorians need and scrutinise whether the funding commitment is there to get the job done. The review of the policy will be posted on the website. The website will also feature polls giving the public the opportunity to vote on policy announcements.
“This website offers Victorians the chance to have a say on our state’s huge transport issues. We encourage all Victorians to visit the website, give us feedback on the projects we’ve listed, tell us what you think isn’t working and how you rate the policy promises of the political parties,” said Mr Negus.
“Victorians deserve a public transport system that delivers on time and services all areas and a road system that is well-maintained and efficient and not clogged with congestion. RACV is working to achieve these outcomes and encourages all Victorians to use our website to send a message to the political parties about what they want from Victoria’s next government.”
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