Metropolitan Ring Road ‘missing link’ No.1 priority, says RACV

Herald Sun: Metropolitan Ring Road ‘missing link’ No.1 priority, says RACV

The RACV has called on the Federal Government to fund the “missing link’’ Metropolitan Ring Road completion, listing it as a number one ­priority.

In its pre-Budget submission lodged before this week’s deal to end the East West Link, the peak roads body says the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road would cost about $6 billion.

It listed it as its top priority, followed by a $1 billion upgrade of the M80 Western Ring Rd. The East West Link was placed third.

RACV general manager of public policy Brian Negus said the axing of the East West Link was “unfortunate’’ and he urged the State and Federal governments to instead build the missing link in Melbourne’s outer east.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott lashes out at the State Government during a visit to Baxter Laboratories

Knox Leader: Prime Minister Tony Abbott lashes out at the State Government during a visit to Baxter Laboratories 16 Apr 2015 Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Baxter Laboratories with Aston Federal Liberal MP Alan Tudge. Picture: Derrick den Hollander PRIME Minister Tony Abbott blasted the State Government over its failure to build the East West Link during a visit to Boronia today. Mr Abbott and Aston Federal Liberal MP Alan Tudge toured Baxter Laboratories this morning. Holding up a copy of the Herald Sun, with headline “$640 million for nothing” Mr Abbott said the news that the State Government would spend that much taxpayers’ money “not to build a road” and destroy jobs, was catastrophic for the future of Melbourne and Victoria. “My pledge to the people of Melbourne and Victoria is that the $3 billion that the Commonwealth has pledged to the East West Link will remain in a locked box for the first Victorian Government who is prepared to build this absolutely necessary piece of infrastructure,” Mr Abbott said. Mr Tudge said East West Link would be an essential road for businesses in his electorate.

Rail tunnel to bring years of disruption

Herlad Sun: Melbourne Metro rail tunnel to bring years of disruption as it is built under Swanston St 16 Apr 2015

AN ANIMATED video shows how the State Government hopes its new Melbourne Metro rail tunnel will run under Swanston St, transforming the network into an “international-style train system”.

It will be built under Swanston St, causing “significant disruption” to the busy road, the Andrews Government has announced.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the underground rail tunnel would travel beneath Swanston St at a depth of just 10 metres.

Mr Andrews said work on the “important project” would begin before the end of 2018.

It is expected to cost $10 to $11 billion

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