14 April 2016
Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV has welcomed the State Government’s strong commitment of $1.5 billion to progress the Western Distributor in conjunction with Transurban.
The Western Distributor is an integral part of the solution to Melbourne’s crippling traffic congestion and together with other road and public transport projects, must be built to improve the city’s long-term liveability.
RACV General Manager Public Policy, Brian Negus said the Western Distributor will widen the West Gate Freeway, provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and enable direct truck access to the Port of Melbourne.
It will remove trucks from the streets of the city’s inner west and allow the completion of the Federation Trail for commuter and recreational bicycle riders.
It also includes the commitment to widen the Monash Freeway in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs.
Mr Negus acknowledged concerns in the western suburbs regarding disruption during construction.
"It is critical that the State Government and Transurban ensure that the project is staged to minimise traffic disruption on the West Gate," he said.
RACV believes that both the State Government and the Federal Government must invest in city-shaping infrastructure like the Western Distributor and Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel.
With the State Government now committing on its own to deliver the Western Distributor, RACV calls for a significant Federal Government contribution to the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel.
“Both the Metro Rail Tunnel and the Western Distributor are vital city-shaping links in what RACV has long proposed as an integrated approach to infrastructure planning to ensure the city can cope with rapid population growth in the years to come.
“We urge the State Government and the Federal Government to work together to deliver these vital projects to reduce congestion and improve safety and liveability for all Victorians.
RACV encourages everyone who may use the Western Distributor to get involved in the community engagement process.