A DECISION by Upper House MPs to block the West Gate Tunnel project has been slammed by a key industry group.
Coalition and Greens MPs combined in the state’s Legislative Council to stop work on the $6.7bn project.
Fairfax Media has reported the government believes labourers could be at back work as early as this week as the planning process resumes all over again.
In a statement sent to Daily Cargo News, Victorian Transport Association chief executive Peter Anderson described the MPs’ decision as “a sad day”.
“It’s a sad day for Victorians that parliamentarians have used a political process to overturn a planning decision that would finally have led to a much-needed second Yarra River crossing,” Mr Anderson said.
“The West Gate Bridge will not last forever. With the West Gate Tunnel, after 10 years of no major road construction in Victoria, we finally had a workable solution to congestion woes around the Port of Melbourne and an alternative to the West Gate Bridge,” he said.
“With over four million people, and our city forecast to become the nation’s biggest in a matter of years, we cannot afford to lose yet another major infrastructure project to partisan politics.”
Getting bipartisan support for infrastructure in Victoria has become increasingly difficult, with the ambitious East-West Link and the Hastings container terminal among the projects to be scrapped or put on hold.