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VTA backs Pallas on Auslink 2 but raises ring road omission

<p>The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has backed the State Government’s $11.5bn road and rail infrastructure Auslink 2 vision.</p> <p>Chief executive Philip Lovel said funding for roads and ports minister Tim Pallas’s proposals was necessary and urged the Federal Government to &#8220look at the Victorian road funding as part of the whole picture&#8221. </p> <p>&#8220Our Victorian economy is reliant on being able to move freight quickly and cost-effectively and this in turn, affects the national economy significantly,&#8221 Mr Lovel said.</p> <p>The broader picture is that improving Victoria’s roads will assist the connections of freight logistics systems across the whole of the supply chain. </p> <p>Improving the connectivity between states would help industry meet the growing freight task, but more importantly, would assist Australia’s manufacturers and other freight generators to remain competitive, the VTA said. </p> <p>&#8220The urgent need for the improvements to road and rail infrastructure outlined by the Victorian Government in its AusLink 2 funding request is not just about the needs of transport logistics operators &#8211 this is about the future viability of Australian industries that create the freight and generate economic wealth,&#8221 Mr Lovel said. </p> <p>Mr Pallas’s National Transport Links &#8211 Growing Victoria’s Economy proposal listed 30 priority projects, including a Western Ring Road upgrade. </p> <p>&#8220The projects must be underpinned by a complete transport infrastructure plan for Victoria and Australia,&#8221 Mr Lovel said. </p> <p>&#8220The 30 proposed projects identified will significantly enhance the road network, however they need to be cast in the context of a broader strategic freight logistics vision.&#8221</p> <p>Mr Lovel pointed out that, of the 30 proposed transport projects, there was no mention of a &#8220North-East&#8221 link, which would complete the ring road, and provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and enhance the link to Sydney via the Hume Freeway. </p> <br />