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Victorian Budget mixes crucial project delays with transport infrastructure funding boost

While major Victorian projects have been delayed, the latest budget also provides funding for a variety of road and transport infrastructure projects

From the delay of the Melbourne Airport rail link to the announcement of major road and infrastructure funding, the Victorian government’s latest budget has a mixed bag for the transport industry.

The main headline emerging from the premier Jacinta Allan’s first budget in charge is the $13 billion Melbourne Airport rail link project delayed by at least four years to 2033 while the Upfield train line level crossing removal has also been delayed until at least 2030.

However, $996 million has been provided for Big Build projects, including funding the operating and maintenance of the upcoming Metro and West Gate Tunnel projects.

The budget also invests in repairing and improving roads and intersections across Victoria, with $130 million provided to maintain the road network while $100 million will repair flood-damaged roads.

The state government has also provided $62 million for improving freight routes, along with $17 million to improve metropolitan Melbourne roads and intersections.

Regarding the West Gate Tunnel, funding is being provided to enforce 24/7 truck bans on six roads in Melbourne’s inner-west that will help support the West Gate Tunnel opening.

In the ports and freight sectors, funding has been provided to undertake priority renewal works to sections of the Lakes Entrance Training Walls, while port access at Gippsland Lakes will be funded.

Funded has also been provided to maintain freight rail corridors to maintain the sustainability of Victoria’s freight rail infrastructure, while a boost to the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme seeks to support the transfer of freight from road to rail.

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