Big transport projects would benefit McEwen

Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV is asking voters in the federal seat of McEwen to choose a federal candidate that prioritises several big road and public transport projects in return for their vote. The federal seat includes Sunbury, Craigieburn, Mernda and St Andrews in the south, to Seymour and Puckapunyal in the north. It includes Gisborne, Romsey, Rochford and Broadford.

RACV is targeting marginal seats ahead of the 2 July federal election. This will raise awareness with voters in those seats that their votes can make a real difference if they vote for candidates that will support major projects that will benefit their community.

Which three big projects will help McEwen?

Three big ticket projects that directly impact on the seat of McEwen must be built as a matter of priority.  For many voters, the North East Link to complete the Metropolitan Ring Road would be a massive improvement in accessibility to and from family, friends and work opportunities in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. A freeway standard link from Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway and Eastlink would end the daily grind down Rosanna Road, or finding a way across the Yarra.

Similarly, the Western Distributor project would benefit voters that use the Western Ring Road and West Gate Freeway to travel around the Melbourne CBD.  The project will add extra lanes to the freeway and provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge.

The Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel, when implemented with other rail upgrades, will mean a big increase in train services to Sunbury. That will make public transport an easier choice for voters within McEwen that want to travel to Melbourne’s CBD and beyond, when they receive a significant increase in services and direct access to new railway stations in the CBD.

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

In addition, RACV wants the next Federal Government to commit to commencing work on the Shepparton Bypass, and investing in road safety improvements on Victoria’s major highway.

What can I do to make a difference?

RACV is urging residents who live in the seat of McEwen to go to the keepaustraliamoving.comwebsite to send an e-mail to candidates. Ask them whether they support the major projects that can help residents within McEwen, and state that their answer will influence how you vote.

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