Project 10,000: Victorian Labor’s Transport Alternative

Victorian Labor’s Project 10,000 is a broad and creative transport alternative to the $8 billion East West tunnel that will transform public transport, remove the worst traffic bottlenecks, boost economic growth and create ten thousand jobs.

Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, said Project 10,000 would give Victorians a very clear choice when they go to vote at the 2014 State Election in just over twelve months’ time.

Under Project 10,000 Victorian Labor will:

• Create ten thousand construction jobs
•Remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings
•Build Melbourne Metro Rail for a world-class public transport system
•Double the size of the City Loop and build five new train stations
•Build the West Gate Distributor to take 5,000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge
•Widen the Tullamarine Freeway to six lanes
•Streamline traffic on Hoddle Street
•Spend $2 billion to improve crumbling suburban and country roads

“Over the past three years Victorian Labor has listened to thousands of Victorians and heard how traffic congestion and poor performing public transport affects their every-day lives,” Daniel Andrews said.

“We have listened to business and heard how productivity and growth has been hampered by bottlenecks at level crossings and long delays on major roads.

“We know that Victorians want safer and well maintained suburban and country roads and for deadly level crossings to be removed.”

Mr Andrews said Labor’s fully funded transport plan addresses these concerns and provides a clear alternative to Denis Napthine’s $8 billion, five kilometre tunnel in Melbourne’s inner city.

“Victorian taxpayers deserve better value for money. They deserve a world-class public transport system and high-functioning road network,” Mr Andrews said.

“Denis Napthine’s $8 billion tunnel will do nothing to ease congestion throughout Melbourne’s suburbs, improve public transport or make country roads safer.

“By contrast, Victorian Labor has a plan that will remove 50 level crossings, build Melbourne Metro Rail and make a $2 billion investment in suburban and country roads.

“Victorian Labor’s plan also addresses the worst bottlenecks on our roads to make getting into and out of Melbourne easier for commuters and freight traffic.

“Project 10,000 will transform Melbourne, provide generational change and create ten thousand construction jobs making it one of the largest job creation projects in the State’s history.”

Mr Andrews said a considerable part of the plan would be funded by an independent, dedicated transport fund – the Victorian Transport Building Fund – that will be established by a long-term lease of the Port of Melbourne.

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