19 May 2015
YARRA RANGES RESIDENTS TO REMAIN STUCK IN TRAFFIC WITH LEVEL CROSSINGS UNFUNDED
State member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe has condemned the Andrews Government for lying to Victorians about their centrepiece election promise to remove level crossings.
In Budget Paper Three it was revealed that there is no new money for level crossing removal. The budget states that all capital funding for the project beyond 1 July 2015 is “to be confirmed”.
“The absence of funding for level crossing removal in this year’s budget means that we have a better chance of seeing Zayn make a comeback with One Direction than seeing the Lilydale or Mooroolbark level crossings removed any time soon,” Ms Fyffe said.
“Those of us who have been around for a while knew the Andrews Government was over-committing with this election promise so their grand plan will remain just that – a plan.
The removal of the 50 level crossings is expected to cost around $5-6 billion.
“The Coalition funded the removal of eight level crossings in addition to numerous other infrastructure projects that were funded and shovel ready.
“We are seeing increasing vehicle movements through Lilydale and Mooroolbark now and travel times are definitely increasing as traffic banks up waiting for trains to clear crossings.
“The efficient movement of people during peak transit periods means that Victorians get to spend more time at home rather than stuck in traffic. That is the ideal.
“Unfortunately the Andrews Government’s first Budget paint a dismal picture that will keep us stuck on congested roads for years to come,” Ms Fyffe said.