November 19, 2013

Labor’s Transport Policy a Win for the West!

Today Victorian Labor released Project 10,000 – a transport alternative to the $8 billion East West tunnel that will transform public transport, remove the worst traffic bottlenecks, boost economic growth and create 10,000 jobs.
“This is a clear policy alternative that has real benefits for the people living in the West” said Marsha Thomson, Member for Footscray.
“I am pleased that Labor’s policy will deliver the truck bypass from the Westgate Freeway to the Port of Melbourne. It will take thousands of trucks off our streets including Moore, Buckley, Somerville and Francis streets” Ms Thomson said.
“Only Labor offers a real solution to the trucks in the Inner West. The Westgate Distributor is a real solution for residents, local businesses and freight operators” she said.
“And will be delivered in our first term” Ms Thomson said.
Also flagged in Project 10,000 is the commitment to build Melbourne Metro Rail which will greatly ease the current congestion on the Werribee and Sunbury lines and provide access to Parkville for the first time.
Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, said Project 10,000 would give Victorians a very clear choice when they go to vote at the 2014 State Election in just over twelve months’ time.
“This is a great win for the local communities who have fought hard on these issues of trucks and better public transport. Labor has listened and is ready to deliver” said Ms Thomson.

Under Project 10,000 Victorian Labor will:

• Create ten thousand construction jobs
• Remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings
• Build Melbourne Metro Rail for a world-class public transport system
• Double the size of the City Loop and build five new train stations
• Build the West Gate Distributor to take 5,000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge
• Widen the Tullamarine Freeway to six lanes
• Streamline traffic on Hoddle Street
• Spend $2 billion to improve crumbling suburban and country roads