Posted on 10. Jan, 2013 in News
The Baillieu Government put a stop to the opening of Labor’s $800 million Peninsula Link project over the Christmas break to ensure the Premier Ted Baillieu and Roads Minister Terry Mulder could hold a media stunt in the New Year, Shadow Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said today.
Mr Donnellan said the Government was told last year that all road and safety works had been completed and that the road could have been opened before the New Year with the remaining beautification works carried out in January.
Mr Donnellan said thousands of holidaymakers have been disadvantaged this holiday season because Roads Minister Terry Mulder and Premier Ted Baillieu couldn’t be bothered opening the 27km major road link prior to the New Year.
“The dithering Baillieu Government clearly don’t care about addressing road congestion,” Mr Donnellan said.
“Thousands of holiday-makers could have used the link to get to their holiday destination.
“While the Premier and Mr Mulder may have been able to jet around on their holiday, Victorian families bound for the Mornington Peninsula were forced to drive through congested suburban streets to get to their holiday destination.
“Ted Baillieu is more interested in media stunts than reducing road congestion and improving travel times for holidaying motorists.
“The Baillieu Government may well be embarrassed that this vital piece of road infrastructure is yet another former Labor Government planned and funded project that Mr Baillieu and Mr Mulder will cut the opening ribbon on.
“Mr Baillieu has failed to produce a road infrastructure pipeline of projects, instead dreaming up a mish-mash of projects they will never deliver.”
Mr Donnellan said Labor’s toll-free four lane Peninsula Link will cut up to 40 minutes for motorists over the 27 kilometres.
“The Baillieu Government need to stop playing with motorists and open the Peninsula Link,” Mr Donnellan said.