Keep Victoria Moving – road and rail investment the key

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With the federal election campaign officially underway, investment in Victoria’s road and public transport infrastructure must remain a priority for the major political parties to keep Victoria moving.

Keep Australia Moving campaign

The RACV and its sister clubs across Australia have today launched a national campaign, Keep Australia Moving. Its aim is to send a unified message to the major political parties reminding them that Australians expect an ongoing and sustainable longer-term investment commitment in transport infrastructure.

The campaign website provides Victorians with a means to directly email candidates about their road and public transport issues.

Illustration of a city scape along a tyre

The future strength of Australia’s economy depends on a solid commitment to road and public transport infrastructure funding from whichever party wins the federal election.

RACV’s message to the candidates is that irrespective of where you want to take this country and our economy; we’re going to need substantive transport investment and reform to get us there.

We cannot have a strong and sustainable economy of the future with the transport systems of the past. Victoria is the fastest growing state in the nation and congestion on Melbourne roads is at crisis point. Infrastructure investment funding commitments are crucial to support Victoria and keep Australia moving.

Major Federal investment needed in Victorian transport projects

The federal government’s own data shows that congestion already costs Victorians around $2.7 billion per year and this is predicted to reach $9 billion per year in 2031.

For this reason alone a number of big ticket projects for Victoria must be at the top of any future federal government’s priority list.

Effective and efficient transport systems, including roads and public transport will continue to be the lifeblood of not only Victoria’s economy but the economy of the nation.

RACV will also use this campaign period to call for at least 50 per cent of the revenue raised through fuel excise, to be dedicated to priority transport infrastructure projects.

There has never been a meaningful link between the tax on fuel and other motoring taxes and the funding commitments to transport infrastructure improvements.

Australians and especially motorists who pay around $28 billion in taxes and other motoring charges every year, expect our governments to work together to deliver the infrastructure that will make our communities more liveable and economically stronger.

RACV’s priority projects for Victoria include:

  • North East Link to complete the Metropolitan Ring Road
  • Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel
  • Western Distributor project
  • Regional highway duplication’s and safety improvements
  • Shepparton Bypass

What can I do?

Take action by sending the candidates in the major parties an email using our online tool, below, calling for their support in transport projects and policies that Keep Australia Moving.

You can also Like the campaign Facebook page, and use the hashtag #KeepAustraliaMoving on social media.

Written by Brian Negus, General Manager Public Policy
May 16, 2016