VICTORIA’S TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE TO WORSEN UNDER NAPTHINE

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 in News

A report tabled in the Victorian Parliament today has revealed that traffic congestion will get worse because the Napthine Government has failed to review traffic management.

The Auditor-General’s report, entitled ‘Using ICT to Improve Traffic Management’, said Melbourne’s traffic woes will intensify as VicRoads only has the capacity to review traffic signals once every 20 years.

Denis Napthine’s cuts to staff and funding at VicRoads have only made traffic congestion and the quality of our roads even worse.

Quotes attributable to Mr Donnellan:

“Under Denis Napthine, we’re spending more time stuck in traffic and less time at home with our families.”

“Denis Napthine cut 450 jobs and millions of dollars from VicRoads – no wonder our key intersections have ground to a halt.”

“Only Labor will remove our state’s 50 most dangerous and congested level crossings and guarantee $1 billion for the upgrade of outer-suburban roads.”

The Auditor General’s report also found that:
• VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria had not strategically planned the deployment of ICT traffic management to complement broader statewide integrated transport and land-use initiatives.
• VicRoads has not strategically or appropriately planned its use of ICT traffic management systems, and is unable to provide assurance that it is maximising the effective use of its systems, or whether it has the tools and assets it needs to better manage traffic in metropolitan Melbourne.

Key Facts

• Under Labor’s Project 10,000, 50 of the state’s worst level crossings will be removed to improve traffic flows and services.
• Only Labor will build the Melbourne Metro, which will improve train services for residents travelling to and from the city. Labor will also build the West Gate Distributor, which will take 5,000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge.

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