Infrastructure Victoria has recommended a network-wide transport pricing regime and new motorways – including North East Link and the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road– as part of its draft statewide, cross-sector 30-year infrastructure strategy.
The draft – Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy – combines new major projects and maintenance programs to get the most out of the existing road network.
It also aims to meet the state’s growing supply chain and freight industry, including better access to the Port of Melbourne, protecting freight precincts, expanding high productivity vehicles, road investment reform and progressing the Western Intermodal Freight Precinct.
The Plan emphasises that the state’s freight task will likely hit 170 billion net tonne-kilometres per annum by 2046.
The draft has prioritised the North-East Link ahead of other mooted projects, predicting that it would eventually generate returns of between $1.40 and $2.10 for every $1 invested, and therefore providing the greatest cost-benefit over other projects.
Infrastructure Victoria is inviting feedback on the draft strategy – which has put forward 134 recommendations worth around $100 billion – with the consultaition period closing on 31 October.
To read the draft strategy and supporting technical documents, or provide feedback, visit http://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/