East Gippsland motorists and freight operators travelling to and from Melbourne will be slugged with CityLink tolls for up to an additional 12 years to pay for the construction of the West Gate Tunnel – a road many Gippslanders will never use – under an Andrews Labor Government plan.
In Parliament today, Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, labelled said it was unfair for those who travel on the Monash Freeway to pay for the construction of a road in the western suburbs.
“Many Gippsland motorists use the Monash Freeway and City Link to access the city and accordingly pay the tolls that are paying it off. That’s how a fair user pays system works,” Mr Bull said.
“But what they won’t stand for is the proposal that see East Gippsland motorists who use the Monash paying for a tunnel on the other side of the city many will never use.
“This is why the Liberal-Nationals have voted to disallow the tolls extension.
“The only people benefitting here are Transurban shareholders, not motorists from East Gippsland or those living in the northern, south-eastern or eastern suburbs who regularly use the Monash.”
Wednesday, December 13, 2017