MELBOURNE risks falling behind other major Australian cities such as Sydney, Perth and Brisbane unless a rail service to the airport is built, state Opposition Leader Matthew Guy claims.
During a visit to Leader’s office on July 28, the Liberal party leader and former Planning Minister said the project had been one of his “absolute priorities” in a growing city of more than four million people.
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Previous liberal governments (Kennett) were offer federal government funding to build the rail link which was at a cost of approximately $650m
Kennett would not build it instead the liberal party became shareholders of Transurban and the citylink was built costing around $1.3b and costing motorists over $5b in tolls thus far.
The previous Liberal Government was not interesting in the project until the polls showed their position was unwinable at the last election.
The previous government had completely misread the people of Victoria and had placed their entire future on yet another expensive road project at the cost of any new rail capacity.
A bit rich to now accuse the current government. The ALP need to get this project delivered and forget the widening of the Tulla.