Victoria's infrastructure agenda

A MacroPlan report adds to the political rethink of Melbourne’s East-West Link roll out. The report highlights the growing reliance on Melbourne’s West Gate Bridge indicating that its closure for one year would cost the state a mass $8 billion. Nick Toscano and Laura Little from Wyndham Weekly write:

MELBOURNE'S growing reliance on the West Gate Bridge means its closure for just one year would cost the state $8 billion, according to a report that has added to calls for a rethink of the East-West Link’s rollout.

The West Gate Bridge “cost closure analysis”, by MacroPlan, found commuters and companies to the north and west of Melbourne urgently needed an alternative gateway to the CBD.

With booming population growth in the western suburbs forecast to continue into the next 20 years, the report said the West Gate “becomes a major risk to the operations of the entire metropolitan area”.

Opposition treasury spokesman and Tarneit MP Tim Pallas said the report was further proof the state government’s choice to prioritise the eastern end of the proposed link was “not in the best interests of the state”.

Despite expert advice, in May the government allocated funding for the eastern end of the road link. It has yet to commit money to the western section.

“We know the West Gate Bridge carries about 175,000 vehicles a day, and by 2020 that number is anticipated to reach 22,000,” Mr Pallas said. “The fact the government has denied the need for an urgent second river crossing shows their priorities lie against the people of Geelong, Ballarat and the western suburbs of Melbourne.”

Roads Minister Terry Mulder said once complete, the East-West Link would provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

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