Vic Labor could revisit Link-style project

Seven News: Vic Labor could revisit Link-style project. Danny Rose and Angus Livingston. November 21, 2014

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews will scrap the coalition’s East West Link should Labor win the Victorian election.

But he’s not ruling out revisiting the idea in government.

Labor’s election platform includes creating an independent advisory body – Infrastructure Victoria – that would identify deficiencies and build cases for projects to address them.

If such a body recommended an East West Link-type connection across Melbourne’s northern suburbs a Labor government would consider it, Mr Andrews said on Friday.

“The difference is that you’d have a transparent process and the business case would be public, not the secrecy and the botched, rushed nature of this project,” he told AAP. Continue Reading…

East West Link cost to taxpayers should be released: experts

The Age: East West Link cost to taxpayers should be released: experts. November 19, 2014. Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders

Infrastructure experts have called on the Napthine government to release the cost to taxpayers of the first stage of the East West link, dismissing government claims the figures would jeopardise competition for the second stage of the controversial toll road.

Last week Treasurer Michael O’Brien refused to release details of the government’s payments to the East West Connect consortium after a group of 10 transport academics estimated the total cost of the first stage of the road to Victorian taxpayers at up to $17.8 billion.

They estimated the government’s quarterly payments to the Lend Lease-led consortium, at $12.5 billion over 25 years. Mr O’Brien insisted publication of the figures would compromise competition on the second and more expensive stage which would extend the link to the Western Ring Road. Continue Reading…

Hobsons Bay Council voices concerns over Labor’s West Gate Distributor proposal

Hobsons Bay Leader: Hobsons Bay Council voices concerns over Labor’s West Gate Distributor proposal. Fiona O’Doherty. 23 October 2014

Labor has promised its solution to the west’s truck woes would not involve the destruction of Spotswood houses, Spotswood Oval and the West Gate Golf Course.

The Labor Party announced last month it would can the East West Link in favour of the West Gate Distributor, which would involve freeway on and off-ramps, if it were elected to government in November’s state election.

The Hobsons Bay council had expressed concern Labor’s distributor would involve the acquisition of houses and encroach on the Donald McLean Reserve, the oval and golf course.

The council has begun implementing its $4.7 million, 10-year masterplan for the reserve, including new ­pavilions, paths, public toilets, picnic area, skate park and playground. Continue Reading…

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