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$300 million to bust congestion across Melbourne’s growth areas

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Date : 29 April 2019

THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP
Prime Minister

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Treasurer

THE HON ALAN TUDGE MP
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Monday 29 April 2019

$300 MILLION TO BUST CONGESTION ACROSS MELBOURNE’S GROWTH AREAS

The Morrison Government will invest another $300 million to bust congestion across Melbourne by taking 13,000 cars off the road each day in key growth corridors.

Park-and-ride facilities at 30 train stations, across seven train lines will be built or expanded, increasing commuter car parking capacity in the fastest growing areas in the nation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the corridor plan was a game-changer for hundreds of thousands of people across Melbourne.

“This will get thousands of cars off the roads and get people home sooner and safer,” Mr Morrison said.

“This is something that Melbourne people have said is a significant priority – not only will it bust congestion but it has major environmental benefits.”

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said this would be the largest single investment in commuter carparks.

“These projects will ease access to public transport, take thousands of cars off the road, bust congestion and see Melburnians spend less time in traffic and more time with their family and friends,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“This is part of our plan to deliver a stronger economy and a brighter future for all Australians.”

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said this funding would help people get onto the train more quickly while reducing congestion.

“I grew up in Pakenham and represent outer suburban suburbs. I know how much our city has grown and how people are sick of sitting in traffic or frustrated at lack of car parks,” Mr Tudge said.

The commuter car-parking plan complements the investments in major roads, rail, and congestion hot-spots.  It is all designed to alleviate congestion and make it easier for people to get around Melbourne sooner and safer.

This $300 million announcement is a budgeted decision and brings the total commitment to commuter car parks across Melbourne to $368 million.

The train lines and stations include:

o   Ferntree Gully, Boronia, Heathmont, Ringwood, Heatherdale, Mitcham, Croydon, Surrey Hills, Canterbury, Glenferrie and Camberwell stations.

o   Frankston, Kananook, Seaford, and Bentleigh stations.

o   Sandringham, Hampton, Brighton Beach, North Brighton, Elsternwick, and Balaclava stations.

o   Pakenham, Beaconsfield, Berwick, Narre Warren, and

The Park and Ride Corridor Plan builds on the Coalition’s record infrastructure investment in Melbourne and Victoria.

More than $27 billion has now been budgeted to towards major road and rail projects in Victoria.

Investments across Melbourne include:

Regional Victoria is also receiving significant investments to better connect the regions including:

The additional $300 million investment in park and ride facilities means that Victoria will receive close to $530 million in budgeted commitments through the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund.

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