Traffic congestion continues to be a growing problem in Melbourne’s South East, and most of the planning the previous Government did getting road projects to “shovel-ready” stage, has been dumped by the Andrews Government.
Labor Governments have a terrible record on road infrastructure in the South East. In 1999 Labor promised to complete both the Dingley Bypass Kingston Leg and Mornington Peninsula Freeway northern extension by 2010, but nothing happened.
This week in State Parliament, Ms Peulich called on the government to seriously consider traffic congestion across the South-East and the need to get on with the construction of the Mornington Peninsula Freeway northern extension, the east–west link, the Westall extension, the Thompsons Road duplication, the serious congestion affecting the Monash Freeway and also the construction of the last leg of the Dingley bypass, which needs to connect to the South Gippsland Highway and South Gippsland Freeway.
On top of planning, funding and starting the $156 million Dingley Bypass, the Coalition Government completed a $1m feasibility study and provided $10.6m to plan and prepare for the Mordialloc Bypass (Mornington Peninsula Freeway northern extension or Kingston Bypass) and committed $200m at the 2014 State election.
The RACV identifies that the City of Casey road network needs $1.2 billion of funding just to catch-up to the needs of today, and requires much more for the future.
Most of the backlog developed under the Bracks-Brumby Government, and now the Andrews Government has spent over $1.1 billion on not building East West link.
Quotes attributes to Inga Peulich, Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region:
“I am delighted to see the Dingley Bypass in Kingston open today, one of many road projects fought for, designed, budgeted and constructed with funding from the Coalition.
“A vital road has been completed, but it will not alleviate congestion in the South East without the upgrade and construction of complementary linking roads.
“Without these investments in infrastructure, our community, our businesses and our residents will continue to suffer from the deficiency in infrastructure linking road networks.”
“Rather than throwing a hissy fit and threatening to cancel the opening because a Liberal MP attended, the Minister should have announced plans to fund the last leg of the Dingley Bypass connecting the South Gippsland Highway and Freeway or the Mornington Peninsula Freeway northern extension to connect the Dingley Bypass with the Frankston Freeway!”