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Labor's hidden Scoresby toll on local community.



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CHRIS PEARCE MP Federal Member for Aston

Media Release

LABOR’S HIDDEN SCORESBY TOLL ON LOCAL COMMUNITY

Aston MP Chris Pearce today warned that local residents and businesses would face millions of dollars in additional costs as well as direct tolls under the Bracks Government’s Scoresby Freeway policy.

Mr Pearce said that according to the original economic feasibility study by FDF Management in 1994, the Bracks Government’s direct tolling policy will cost residents and businesses in the region an additional $90 million every year.

“The Bracks Government’s decision to break its “no tolls” promise on the Scoresby Freeway means that local residents and businesses now face not one but two tolls - the upfront direct toll and this additional hidden toll,” Mr Pearce said.

Mr Pearce said expert analysis found this cost - comprised of increased time costs, increased vehicle operating costs and increased accident numbers and fatalities - would result from motorists staying on congested local roads to avoid the direct tolls.

“The Bracks Government’s betrayal on the Scoresby Freeway means that every person that lives or works in the Scoresby Corridor will have to pay, whether they use the road or not,” Mr Pearce said.

23 January 2004

Contact: James Matheson (03) 9887 3890 or 0419 878 440

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