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VIC Labor Govt puts North East Link on the table

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to building Melbourne’s ‘missing link’, which will complete the city’s Metropolitan Ring Road.

The Andrews Labor Government has committed to building Melbourne’s ‘missing link’, which will complete the city’s Metropolitan Ring Road.The Andrews Labor Government has committed to building Melbourne’s ‘missing link’, which will complete the city’s Metropolitan Ring Road.

According to a statement from the Labor Government, it will kick-start the project with $35 million for business case development, consultation and route selection complete by 2018, and planning approval and tender processes beginning that same year.

It also said it will not sign contracts before the election. Instead, they will be signed and the work started under a re-elected Labor Government.

The project aims to cut travel times in Melbourne’s north, south and east by removing thousands of trucks off local streets in the north-eastern suburbs, and connect the southern and eastern suburbs to Tullamarine Airport.

“Joining the ring road is a no brainer to take thousands of cars and trucks off local streets and congested freeways – but governments have put it in the too-hard basket for decades,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan in the statement.

“The Andrews Labor Government will build the North East Link – the only project that can actually slash congestion in Melbourne’s north, south, and east, while the Western Distributor fixes traffic in the west.”

The project is expected to take around 10 years to complete and cost more up to $10 billion.

Infrastructure Victoria identified the North East Link as Victoria’s next priority transport infrastructure project in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy plan, handed down on Thursday.

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