Posted on 04. Jul, 2012 in News
The Baillieu Government has refused to rule out tolling upgraded and existing roads, Shadow Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said today.
Mr Donnellan said the Baillieu Government was under pressure today to rule out tolls on upgraded and existing roads after reports it refused to release 27 documents under Freedom of Information relating to future tolls on roads.
Responding on ABC radio this morning Finance Minister Robert Clarke refused to rule out tolls on new and upgraded existing roads.
“This just proves the Baillieu Government can not be trusted and have a secret agenda to toll upgraded and existing roads,” Mr Donnellan said.
“The conservatives have form on this, former Premier Jeff Kennett introduced tolls on the Tullamarine Freeway despite saying he wouldn’t.
“Now Baillieu Government ministers are lining up one by one to back more tolls and are trying to hide the truth by refusing to release details of their plans through FOI.
“Two senior government Ministers are now openly canvassing the policy of slugging Victorian motorists with new road tolls.” Earlier this year Treasurer Kim Wells told Business Spectator “I believe in the user pays principle……we obviously need to look at the issue of tolls”. Today his spokeswoman said the government had to ”give consideration to tolling”. “Based on what the Baillieu Government has said there are more than a dozen road projects which could be hit with road tolls.
“The Premier needs to come clean and tell Victorians which existing and new roads will be tolled.”
Current Baillieu Government road upgrades include:
• M1 Upgrade – Monash Freeway, West Gate Freeway, West Gate Bridge;
• M80 Ring Road Upgrade, Western and Metropolitan Ring Road;
• Geelong Ring Road;
• Western Highway realignment Melton to Bacchus Marsh;
• Western Highway Ballarat to Stawell duplication;
• Goulbourn Valley Highway – Nagambie Bypass;
• Princes Highway Duplication Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea;
• Princes Highway Traralgon to Sale upgrade;
• Bass Highway duplication – Lang Lang to Anderson;
• Dingley Arterial – Springvale Road to Perry Road Keysborough;
• Regional Roads – 22 progressed last financial year; and
• Nation Building Program – 10 projects currently under way.
Outer Suburban projects include:
• Pound Road, South Gippsland Freeway intersection upgrade, Dandenong South;
• Hallam Road duplication – Gordons Road to Hawkestowe Parade, South Morang;
• Koroiroit Creek Road duplication – Grieve Parade to Millers Road, Altona North;
• Kings Road duplication – Melton Highway to Palmerston Crescent, Taylor Lakes; and
• Palmers Road – Princess Freeway West to north of the rail line, Laverton.