Infrastructure Australia – the federal statutory authority that coordinates infrastructure planning – has backed RACV calls for major transport infrastructure projects in Victoria
Infrastructure Australia (IA) sees a train link to Melbourne Airport and the completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road as possible within 10 years.
Both projects have long been priorities for RACV, backed by frequent feedback through market research with RACV members and the community.
Brian Negus, RACV’s General Manager Public Policy said: “The overwhelming conclusion of the Australian Infrastructure Plan is that infrastructure must be developed and operated in a strategic manner, with a long-term focus.
“Everyone wants to see an end to short-term thinking, where projects are debated in isolation and the inter-generational needs of infrastructure users and the community are compromised.”
IA, which presented its plan to the Prime Minister in February, estimates major reforms to infrastructure will make Australia almost $40 billion better off each year by 2040, about $3000 better off each year per household.
IA created a list of initiatives and projects, several in Victoria including:
- a new Melbourne Metro underground rail;
- upgrades to the M80 Western Ring Road and Hoddle Street;
- level crossing removals on the Cranbourne-Pakenham line and line upgrade;
- build the Western Distributor as an alternative to the West Gate Bridge;
- connect the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough with the Eastern Freeway and EastLink at Ringwood;
- high-speed inland rail between Melbourne and Sydney;
- a rail link to Melbourne Airport; and
- improve the connection between the Eastern Freeway and CityLink.
Infrastructure Australia identified the following actions to improve transport across Victoria.
- Provide integrated ‘turn up and go’ services, while closing gaps in access to passenger transport on the outskirts of Melbourne.
- Deliver high-quality, affordable, higher density housing within established areas of Melbourne. Ensure it is connected to infrastructure and community-focused public spaces.
- Consider value capture in all future public infrastructure investments.