In a busy day for Victorian infrastructure, funding has been announced for a number of projects.
Included in the package for the Victorian government was $1 billion to upgrade the Monash Freeway, further expansion of the M80 ring road, and $690 million for rural and regional roads as well as the Mernda rail extension and Murray Basin Rail upgrade.
Other projects set to benefit from the funding, include $192 million for a bridge across the Murray River between Echuca and Moama, and $30 million to examine roads in Melbourne’s north-east.
While the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull was with Minister of Infrastructure, Darren Chester announcing the federal governments agreement with the Victorian Government to free up $1.5 Billion of funds earmarked for the failed east west link. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was busy elsewhere announcing the Mernda rail extension.
Mr Turnbull said the commonwealth still has $3 billion in contingency should a future Victorian government decide to build the East West Link.
— Darren Chester MP (@DarrenChesterMP) November 14, 2016
The Monash Freeway Upgrade will improve safety and reliability along the 44 kilometres between Chadstone and Pakenham, extending what is already Australia’s longest stretch of managed motorway and will mean that in some places it will be 10 lanes wide.
The Mernda Rail Extension Project will extend the line by 8km’s and also add 3 new stations; Marymede, Hawkstowe, and Mernda.
In the Murray Basin freight line upgrade:
- upgrade the lines in the Murray Basin from broad gauge to standard gauge
- restore and upgrade the existing standard gauge line between Ararat and Maryborough
- upgrade the lines in the Murray Basin from 19 tonne per axle to 21 tonnes per axle