Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge MP has welcomed the Napthine Government’s commitment to build the East West Link as a win for local Knox residents.
In last night’s state budget the State Government committed to building the East West link to connect the eastern freeway to the Tullamarine and the West of Melbourne. The project is estimated to cost $6-8 billion and construction will start in 2014.
The Federal Opposition has committed $1.5 billion towards the project.
Mr Tudge, who has been pushing for this project, said that the East-West link will finally fix the Eastern Freeway bottleneck at Hoddle Street and make it easier to travel to the western parts of Melbourne.
“For a long time, many Knox residents have been frustrated by the congestion and long travel times into the CBD and across the western parts of Melbourne.
“This will make a huge difference to those who travel into the city via the Eastern Freeway. It will reduce congestion and cut down travel times.
“The Federal Coalition has long been committed to this project, promising to inject $1.5 billion to make it a reality.”
“The Federal Government must show it is fair dinkum about roads and match this commitment to construct the East West Link,” he said.