The political pieces of the Andrews transport plan are coming together better than anyone in the Labor Party could have imagined 4 years ago.
Today, the Kororoit Creek Rd grade separation opens to rail traffic, making it 26 level crossings removed. LXRA has also completed Mernda rail and Hurstbridge duplication well ahead of schedule - that organisation is an absolute juggernaut, the likes of which have not been seen in Victoria for a long time, if ever. Of course, we don’t know what the budget situation is, and the word on the street is that it is not good, but given the usual Liberal attack vehicle is “over time and over budget” - the rug is gone from the lounge room all together. In any case the detail will emerge too late to swing the election.
The West Gate Tunnel and Metro Tunnel will both have TBMs in the ground by November - an extraordinary achievement and even more so given the latter does not have a cent of federal funding. RPV are also overseeing a program of works on the country passenger lines, the scale of which is probably unprecedented, and tens of thousands of commuters across the state literally cannot escape the excavators and construction fencing.
Add this to the fact that there is a concrete and well-liked program of works ready for the second term - more level crossings, airport rail, North East Link, Baxter electrification, most likely WV and Melton too - and the Andrews mob is genuinely unbeatable on infrastructure.
The simple fact is that we will not hear much about infrastructure from Guy et al because they will do the calculus and realise the Liberal Party, still burdened with the spectres of Kennett and Bailieu, has absolutely zero electoral credibility on the issue.
That’s not to say the election is won - far from it. Andrews has other, significant weaknesses. Most concerning for me is the possibility - some might say probability - that both government and Opposition are hopelessly corrupt and the state is heading down the Queensland in the Bjelke-Petersen era pathway. But so far as the primary interests of most on this board are concerned, it is a one-horse race.