An­drews fund­ing pledge to ac­cel­er­ate North East Link

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Vic­to­rian La­bor Pre­mier Daniel An­drews has com­mit­ted to spend­ing $110 mil­lion to fast track the com­ple­tion of the North East Link – ahead of the state elec­tion, sched­uled for 24 Novem­ber this year.

The link has been the fo­cus of much ad­vo­cacy over the years, par­tic­u­larly by the Vic­to­rian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ( VTA). In an an­nounce­ment, An­drews says that pro­cure­ment work on the ex­ten­sion would be­gin 100 days af­ter the elec­tion if his govern­ment was re­turned.

Val­ued at a to­tal of $16.5 bil­lion, the North East Link is to con­nect Mel­bourne’s Eastern Free­way at Bulleen with the M80 Ring Road.

The North East Link will in­clude a five- kilo­me­tre tun­nel from Bulleen to Rosanna to pro­tect park­land and res­i­den­tial ar­eas, emerg­ing north of Lower Plenty Road, run­ning along­side the ex­ist­ing Greens­bor­ough High­way be­fore con­nect­ing to the ex­panded M80.

The govern­ment says that the six- lane North East Link will cut travel times be­tween the south and north of the city by up to 30 min­utes.

An­drews also com­mit­ted an­other $3.1 mil­lion to works on Rosanna Road as part of the an­nounce­ment.

The pro­posal was rub­bished by Lib­eral op­po­si­tion leader Matthew Guy, who says that he and his party were com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the East West Link, a plan that was ditched by the An­drews govern­ment when it came to power in 2014.

The East West Link is a pro­posed 18km toll­way that was to con­nect the Eastern Free­way at Clifton Hill to the M80 Ring Road at Sun­shine West, which in­cluded a 4.4km tun­nel un­der Alexan­dra Pa­rade and Mel­bourne Ceme­tery.

The for­mer Lib­eral govern­ment, led by Den­nis Napthine, com­mit­ted to build­ing the first stage of the project weeks out from the 2014 elec­tion – but An­drews re­fused to hon­our the con­tract, in favour of the North East Link project.

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