17 February 2016
Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV has welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Plan reports, which outline fundamental nation-shaping reforms and prioritised transport projects for the next 15 years.
RACV General Manager Public Policy, Brian Negus described the report as a landmark document which deals upfront with the issues of congested cities, productivity and liveability and clearly enunciates the lack of infrastructure funding at both the state and federal level.
“RACV welcomes the Infrastructure Plan report’s clear and unambiguous priority listing based on an independent assessment of needs and infrastructure gaps for key road and public transport projects in all capital cities.
“The report not only sets out priorities and areas for reform which will benefit the entire nation, but also goes a long way in providing projects which will address Victoria’s crippling congestion problems.
“We are pleased the Infrastructure Plan prioritizes all of RACV’s top transport projects as part of the 15 year plan. These include:
- Completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road from Greensborough to East Link
- Metro Rail Tunnel
- Melbourne Airport Rail Link
- Western Distributor as an alternative to the West Gate Bridge
- Cranbourne-Pakenham rail line upgrade including removal of level crossings.
- East West Link from Eastern Freeway to CityLink.
- Removal of rail level crossings
- Upgrades to Hoddle Street
Mr Negus said it was particularly pleasing to see that the report included RACV’s long held recommendation for radical changes to road funding reform.
“We look forward to participating in the recommended public inquiry into road funding which involves replacement of the current inequitable motoring taxation system, including fuel excise, with a fairer road user pricing mechanism.
“An important aspect of this road user charging system is that all revenue collected under this new system must be reinvested in road and public transport infrastructure improvements.
Mr Negus said the success of genuine funding reform lies with all political parties embracing the recommendations and working with the community and stakeholders to develop a funding model capable of building the transport system Victoria and Australia needs for the 21st Century.