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Thursday, 19 June 2014
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East West Link

(Question No. 111)

Mr Kelvin Thomson asked the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, in writing, on 13 May 2014:

(1) How many motorists are expected to use Melbourne's East-West Link per day when it is opened, and what level of petrol price is this estimate based on.

(2) Is it anticipated that the number of motorists using the East-West Link per day will change if the price of petrol rises; if so, by what number.

Mr Briggs: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Transport modelling indicates that by 2031, 100,000 to 120,000 vehicles will travel along the Eastern section of the East West Link using the three lane twin tunnels (detailed transport modelling is yet to be undertaken for the Western section). There are many inputs into the transport model and forward petrol price projecting is one such input.

(2) The transport model is sensitive to many different inputs including population growth, network improvements elsewhere on the Melbourne network, car occupancy, public transport fares and vehicle operating costs, including the price of petrol. Sensitivity tests are undertaken with different values for particular parameters to understand the impact on travel demand. The published forecast takes account of the various considered scenarios.