Media Release

16 May 2018

Guy: Time to end the congestion crunch

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Time to end the congestion crunch

Traffic congestion is choking Melbourne’s suburbs and it’s only getting worse under Daniel Andrews.

In 2018, 76,884 cars a day passed through the intersection of the Nepean Highway and South Road. This is an increase of 9.38% or 6,594 more cars than in 2015.

That is why the Liberal Nationals will invest between $4.1 and $5.3 billion to remove 55 of Melbourne and Geelong’s most dangerous and congested intersections.

Matthew Guy and Liberal Candidate for Bentleigh Asher Judah visited the intersection at Nepean Highway and South Road today which will be removed under the Liberal Nationals policy.

A Matthew Guy-led government will get Victoria moving again.

Traffic congestion costs our economy around $5.54 billion a year and makes our arterial roads dangerous for all road users.

Removing these suburban congestion hotspots will make our roads safer and keep traffic flowing which means less time spent sitting in gridlock and more time at home with family and friends.

It also means people like tradies, couriers and salespeople who use the roads to get between jobs will be able to do so more quickly. That’s good for business and good for jobs.

This project will create thousands of jobs in the construction phase and it will help accommodate Melbourne’s burgeoning population growth.

While Melburnians are stuck in traffic, Daniel Andrews is too distracted covering up Labor’s “Red Shirt rorts” scandal.

It was recently revealed that Labor Bentleigh MP Nick Staikos’ campaign rorted $22,366 of taxpayers’ money at the last election.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“I want to get Victoria moving again so commuters spend less time in traffic and more time with their families and loved ones.

“One thing is certain: if you stick with Daniel Andrews, you’ll be stuck in traffic.

“Labor has been ignoring Bentleigh for too long and now local streets are becoming car parks.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Bentleigh, Asher Judah:

“Whether I’m speaking to local residents or businesses they all tell me that traffic is getting worse and it’s impacting on their daily lives.

“That’s why I’ve been working with Matthew Guy and the Liberal Nationals team to bust the congestion in Bentleigh.

“Removing the intersection at Nepean Highway and South Road will help residents get around our local area and ease the congestion crush.”