RACV’s has five election priorities for road and public transport infrastructure in Victoria.
RACV has joined with the other State and Territory clubs and the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) to run a consolidated Federal Election campaign. We are advocating for issues that are important to the combined states and territories seven million members.
Five key infrastructure projects
For Victoria, RACV wants the next Federal Government to commit to a range of road and public transport projects that will reduce congestion and improve liveability for Victorians. They are:
completing the M80 Metropolitan Ring Road, from Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway and Eastlink – the North East Link
Western Distributor, connecting the West Gate Freeway to CityLink to provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge, direct access to the Port of Melbourne and to cater for Melbourne’s growing western suburbs
Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel, to provide much-needed inner-city capacity for Melbourne’s train network, better public transport access in key inner-city areas, and as a major step towards major changes to Melbourne’s train network
Completing the final stages of the major highway bypass and duplication projects. This includes the Western Highway to Stawell, Princes Highway East to Sale, and Princes Highway West to Colac.
Commencing the Shepparton Bypass, to at least a four-star standard, from Karramomus Road to Congupna.
In addition, the Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) examined the condition of the national highway network within Victoria and found nearly a quarter of it to be at a 1 or 2-star standard, where the highest and safest standard of road is 5-star. RACV wants the next Federal Government to commit to a four year program of safety upgrades to eliminate the 1 and 2-star sections of roads, at an estimated cost of $580 million.
Complementary to this, RACV wants the Federal Government to commit to permanently increasing the Federal Blackspot Program. This program provides funding to VicRoads and Councils to fix locations where crashes have been occurring. There is a dire need for the program to be expanded, with Councils seeking more funds that the program could provide in 2015/16 to fix locations where people driving, riding and walking are being killed or injured on Victorian roads.
Technology has significant potential to improve safety and the efficiency of Victoria’s roads. Managed motorway technology, including freeway ramp signalling, has improved the operation of the M1 Monash Freeway. More can be achieved with the system, including dynamic speed limits to reduce congestion. RACV supports this and other technology being used across Victoria’s freeway network.
Further details of RACV’s Federal priorities, including the estimated cost of the projects, are available from the AAA submission to the 2016 Federal Budget.
What can members do?
RACV’s members can have an impact in the 2016 Federal Election. Ask the candidates in your electorate about their position on the above transport issues and any others in your local area. Take the time to ask them their views and let them know transport will matter when it comes time for you to vote. RACV’s online tool enables you to look up your candidates and send a letter to them from within our Keep Australia Moving website.
Written by Brian Negus, General Manager Public Policy April 20, 2016