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Federal funding for ring road nears $600 million



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News Release Hon. Laurie Brereton MP Minister for Transport ♦ Minister for Industrial RelationsT49/95 14 July, 1995FEDERAL FUNDING FOR RING ROAD NEARS $600 MILLIONA Federal Government decision to fund construction of a new $7 million connector road to Tullamarine will bring total Commonwealth road funding to the Western Ring Road to almost $600 million.The Federal Minister for Transport, Laurie Brereton, announced the funding commitment to the connector route today in Melbourne where he opened the Maribymong section of the Western Ring Road.The Airport Connector will link the adjoining Airport section (under construction between the Tullamarine and Calder freeways) with Sharps Road at the southern end of Tullamarine Airport.Mr Brereton said construction would start immediately so the 1.3km Airport Connector could open at the same time as the Tullamarine-Calder link in early 1997 — a full year ahead of schedule.“Connections such as this one are integral to the basic function of the Ring Road in providing linkages between the major feeder highways and the industrial and manufacturing areas around Melbourne,” Mr Brereton said.“The Western Ring Road is the Federal Government’s largest urban road project and its highest road priority in Victoria,” he said.The Broadmeadows section, from the Hume Highway to the Tullamarine Freeway, opened to traffic in July 1993.“The 8km Maribymong section opened today extends the Ring Road from the Western Highway to Keilor East, where Keilor Park Drive and Sharps Road have been upgraded at Federal Government expense.“By the turn of the century, the Western Ring Road is expected to carry 60,000 vehicles a day. Travel time savings are estimated at more than $50 million a year," Mr Brereton said.2/(2)

Mr Brereton said construction of the Western Ring Road was a further element of the Federal Government’s strategy to improve Melbourne’s transport infrastructure.

“As well as connecting manufacturing, warehousing and transport depots with airport and sea freight terminals the project presents regional development opportunities for the growth areas between Werribee and the Plenty Valley.

“This fits with national objectives that seek to improve interfacing of our transport infrastructure,” Mr Brereton said.

Mr Brereton said the Commonwealth’s $1 billion investment over four years in roads alone was testimony to the importance the Federal Government placed on enhancing Melbourne’s transport infrastructure.

Media contact: Sharon McCrohan (06) 277 7320 or (0419) 229 727

WESTERN RING ROAD PROJECTS

Craigiebum Rd

Tullamarine Airport

Airport Connection

Broadmeadows Section Completed

Maribyrnong Section To be opened

Airport Section Under Construction

Ardeer Section Under Construction

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