An Andrews Labor Government will release the Expression of Interests for the West Gate Distributor by Australia Day with the project out to market within the first six months of forming government.

Labor’s West Gate Distributor will take 5000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge and create 600 jobs.

The project will also remove trucks from residential streets in the inner west, improving safety and reducing noise pollution for the community.

Cars will also be able to use the distributor providing an alternative route across the Maribyrnong River.

Labor’s West Gate Distributor is part of Project 10,000, which will create 10,000 jobs, remove 50 of the most dangerous and congested level crossings, build Melbourne Metro and invest $2 billion in regional and suburban roads.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“Labor’s West Gate Distributor is ready to go and Labor will not waste a single day getting it out to market and starting construction. It will be built within the first term of a Labor Government.

“Our plan will ease congestion on the West Gate by taking 5000 trucks and thousands of cars off the bridge every day and importantly create 600 jobs.

“Denis Napthine continues to mislead Melbourne’s western suburbs with his dud East West tunnel still years away from beginning.”
Key Facts

• Construction of the West Gate Distributor will consist of three main components:
o Component 1: West Gate Freeway on-and-off ramps and an elevated road along Hyde Street, Yarraville
o Component 2: Upgrade and duplication of Whitehall Street between Francis Street and Somerville Road
o Component 3: Strengthening of Shepherd Bridge and upgrade into Footscray Road
• Labor will consider staging the project in the event that this will deliver value for money – but our aim is to turn dirt on this project as soon as possible.
• Labor initiated this project in government but it was abandoned by the Napthine Government.


Published on September 15, 2014