13/07/2012

Western Suburbs Greens MP Colleen Hartland today called on the Labor Party to find a consistent position on the dirty East-West tollway proposed to run through the Western Suburbs.

"State Labor under Daniel Andrews is trying to tell us they're opposed to the East-West tollway, even though it's largely similar to the road Brumby introduced," said Colleen Hartland.

"The Gillard Labor Government now has to make it clear - will they fund Baillieu's dirty East-West tollway through the West or will they fund better public transport?"

Infrastructure Australia today recommended more money be spent on developing the east-west tollway plans, despite previously finding the project to be a lemon that would be a negative investment of public money and would fail to ease traffic congestion.

"The only way to reduce traffic congestion in a growing city is to invest in reliable, efficient public transport that gets people where they want to go, when they want to go."

"The road lobby is the only one set to benefit from this tollway proposal as they drain the public purse to fill their bank accounts."

"The Greens have a clear alternative and the Gillard and Baillieu Governments should support it. Get to work immediately on the Westgate Ramps to get trucks off our streets and invest in our public transport system to get people moving, ease overcrowding and make travel more comfortable."

"The community doesn't want this dirty and expensive tollway and there's still no economic case to support it."

"People just want to get to work, to the shops and to family and friends easily and quickly. Public transport is the most efficient, equitable and cost-effective way to do that, new roads can never keep up."

"The Labor Party needs to make their position clear on this - do they support the tollway or will they listen to the community and support the Greens alternative?"