TOLLING THE TRUTH
There’s a topic Daniel Andrews has never been honest about – road tolls.
The Liberal Nationals know that Victorians desperately need our chaotic, congested road network fixed and we have to be realistic – tolls are just part of the picture. For these vital major projects to be finished as soon as possible and not decades into the future, private investment will be needed.
All sides of government know this and so do all Victorians. But time after time the Andrews Government has promised toll-free roads only to backflip on that promise.
That’s why the Liberal Nationals will deliver the largest connected super highway – the East West Link and the North East Link – and not hide the fact that to do this the roads will need to be tolled for a specific time frame.
Melbournians are becoming unnecessarily stuck in traffic for hours day after day. The effects are far reaching – not only do our work productivity and family life suffer; it takes a toll on our mental health too.
The Liberal Nationals are being upfront about tolls on future road projects
But the Liberal Nationals plan will ease these frustrations with the completion of the super highway within eight years.
Daniel Andrews wants to build a North East Link without fixing the Eastern Freeway, and that can only cause more gridlock. Fixing the end of the Eastern Freeway is essential before completing the construction of a North East Link.
Four years ago Daniel Andrews said cancelling the East West Link contract wouldn’t cost taxpayers a single dollar. It ended up costing taxpayers more than $1.3 billion.
Four years on and it’s a certainty that Daniel Andrews and Labor will put tolls on motorists using the Eastern Freeway if they win November’s election. They will promise not to – but who can trust that promise?
The Liberal Nationals will build both the North East Link and the East West Link.
The future of our roads is in the hands of the Victorian public. The choice is stark – a Liberal Nationals plan to create a super highway for a progressive city to improve our standard of living – or Labor’s plan to force more than 100,000 more cars a day onto the already congested Eastern Freeway.
The Liberal Nationals’ super-highway is not just an election promise but a decision that will make a fundamental change to the future liveability of Melbourne and Victoria for generations to come.