ABC Victoria: Frustrated’ Toll boss to call Opposition leader about scrapping East West Link. Fri 24 Oct 2014, 8:30pm
PHOTO: Labor is pledging to scrap the project if it wins the election. (Supplied: Linking Melbourne Authority)
The Victorian Labor Party’s pledge to scrap the East West Link if it wins the November election has been branded “frustrating” and costly by the head of Toll, Australia’s largest freight company.
Toll managing director Brian Kruger said he would contact Labor leader Daniel Andrews to express his concerns.
Toll chose Tullamarine, in Melbourne’s north, as the site of a new $200 million freight centre because of the East West Link.
The project will be completed in two stages and will form an 18-kilometre cross city connection, including a tunnel, extending from the the Eastern Freeway to the Western Ring Road.
Mr Kruger said any move by Labor to dump the road project would be costly for his company and damage business confidence.
“Look it is obviously frustrating,” he told 7.30 Victoria.
“We based the decision off what we thought was a commitment of the Government and I guess we hadn’t expected that a potential government change may change that decision.”
He said he would contact the Opposition Leader to voice his frustration.
“I will ring Daniel Andrews at some point and certainly make sure that he’s aware of our position,” he said.
“We’re obviously only one player in the whole debate, but I’ll certainly make sure our voice is heard.
“I’ve certainly spoken to the current Premier and let him know our support for what they are doing.”
Labor has been asked for a response.