Big ticket projects critical for Bruce and Chisholm

RACV is asking voters in the federal seats of Bruce and Chisholm to choose a federal candidate that prioritises road and public transport infrastructure investment, in return for their vote. The two seats comprise people living in suburbs across eastern metropolitan Melbourne such as Blackburn South, Box Hill North, Burwood, Chadstone, Clayton, Dandenong, Glen Waverley, Mont Albert North, Noble Park North, Notting Hill, Oakleigh, Springvale, and Wheelers Hill.

RACV is targeting marginal seats ahead of the 2 July federal election, demanding action on a series of congestion busting infrastructure projects, road safety improvements and investment in public transport.

People living in the key marginal seats of Bruce and Chisholm deserve a solid commitment to road and public transport infrastructure spending from whichever party wins the federal election.

Transport projects that will make a difference

There are three big ticket projects that directly impact on the seats:

  • North East Link to complete the Metropolitan Ring Road,
  • Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel to provide better train services, and
  • Western Distributor and widening of the West Gate and Monash Freeways to improve cross-town freeway travel.

Melbourne's major infrastructure that needs Federal Government support

Melbourne’s major infrastructure that needs Federal Government support (M1 Monash Freeway widening not shown)

The missing North East Link in the ring road is a vital piece of infrastructure and a road of national significance.  Its construction would make a huge difference to the people living in south-east Melbourne, including the Federal seats of Bruce and Chisholm.

Successive Governments have dragged their heels on this critical road link and it’s now time for politicians to be made accountable. While some State and Federal politicians have expressed interest, no Federal party has committed to its construction.

The Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel would provide significantly better rail access to the central city and in conjunction with additional train services, the removal of level crossings and signalling improvements allow for many more people to use public transport to and from the city. The Cranbourne-Pakenham lines will be linked to the Sunbury line, providing better train services across Melbourne.

The Western Distributor project includes additional lanes on the West Gate Freeway, an alternative route to the West Gate Bridge and widening the Monash Freeway.  This will provide extra road capacity that will benefit residents and businesses in the seats of Bruce and Chisholm who rely on road travel across town, whether further south-east along the Monash Freeway or across town via the West Gate Freeway.

What can I do to make a difference?

RACV is urging residents who live in the seats of Bruce and Chisholm to go to the website to use the online tool to contact candidates. They can seek a written commitment from the candidates that they will support these priority projects.  RACV is encouraging people to only vote for candidates that pledge to improve roads and transport in Victoria, including these key projects that will make a massive difference to the travel choices they have available.

Whichever party wins the election must work with the Victoria State Government to deliver the infrastructure that will make our communities more liveable and economically stronger.

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Written by Brian Negus, General Manager Public Policy
May 27, 2016