Premier Dan announces Western Distributor off Westgate AND a new tunnel

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 30 Apr 2015 19:55
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-project-to-reduce-congestion-on-west-gate-bridge-progresses

Thursday 30 April 2015

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, to announce that the Western Distributor – an innovative new road project proposed by Transurban – has progressed to Stage Three of the Government’s Market-led Proposals Guideline.

The Transurban proposal would connect the West Gate Freeway to CityLink via a tunnel, a second river crossing and an elevated freeway along Footscray Road, and would relieve pressure on the West Gate Bridge, improve truck access to the Port of Melbourne and significantly reduce truck numbers in the inner west.

Transurban estimates that the project would generate 3,500 new construction jobs, cost $5-5.5 billion and have a cost benefit ratio of 1.6. If agreed to by the Government, it would start at the end of this year and be completed by 2020.
The new proposal is being assessed by the Department of Treasury and Finance and reviewed by external consultants. The assessment process to date has been reviewed by an independent panel of Dr Kerry Schott and Tony Canavan, who support the Stage Two assessment findings and the recommendation to proceed to Stage Three.
The Panel notes that the proposal has the potential to add strong long-term strategic value to Melbourne’s future. The proposal will be assessed against other Government plans, including the West Gate Distributor.

The Department of Treasury and Finance will undertake a thorough assessment of the project through the Stage Three process. The Government will then decide whether to proceed with Transurban’s proposal, modify it, or opt for another option.
The Government’s consideration of this proposal will be predicated on the Victorian taxpayer getting value for money.
The Andrews Labor Government promised to be open and transparent on all new projects, and the project is being disclosed as a requirement of progression under the new Market-led Proposal Interim Guideline.

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  QSB6.7 Chief Train Controller

Location: Going off the rails on a crazy train.
Is there a map for this West-East link?  *EDIT* map here http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/melbourne-road-projects/west-gate-distributor


Just wondering how Dodgey intends to appease the very influential residents of Yarraville.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
West-East link
QSB6.7
This phrase sums it all up for me. A reworked, shortened East West Link.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

true Mickey Mouse project that will dump traffic at Docklands with nowhere to go, oh and it is a Tollway, typical LABOR, not costed and may be shovel ready somewhere in time............
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
true Mickey Mouse project that will dump traffic at Docklands with nowhere to go, oh and it is a Tollway, typical LABOR, not costed and may be shovel ready somewhere in time............
trainbrain

Here we go again!

The trucking magnates have got to him already.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Is there a map for this West-East link?  *EDIT* map here http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/melbourne-road-projects/west-gate-distributor


Just wondering how Dodgey intends to appease the very influential residents of Yarraville.
QSB6.7

That map is for the previous West Gate - port connector road project, the new one is Transurban's proposal that there aren't any detailed maps for yet.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The project Is more to get the trucks off Yarraville's residential stree