East West Link dominates #vicvotes transport forum reports @Takvera

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No Fibs: East West Link dominates #vicvotes transport forum reports @Takvera. October 2, 2014, John Englart, Citizen journalist at No Fibs

Transport continues to be a major issue in the Victorian election campaign in the lead up to polling day on November 29, especially in regard to the East West Link project.

On Monday afternoon, 29 September, the Premier Denis Napthine and Transport Minister Terry Mulder signed the contracts with Lend lease for the East West Connect Consortium to start the $8 billion phase one East West project to connect the Eastern Freeway with the Citylink tollway through inner urban suburbs and Royal Park. This is Victoria’s most expensive infrastructure project ever undertaken, and it is being done with contracts signed just 60 days from the election, 30 days before the Government goes into caretaker mode.

The contract signing took place shortly after High Court Justice Creenan ruled against Brunswick resident Anthony Murphy for an injunction to stop the contracts being signed before October 17, when Murphy has a case being heard before the court to ask it to block the acquisition of properties to build the link. The East West Link Consortium will need to voluntarily or compulsory acquire 91 properties to construct the 5.2 kilometer tollway.

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