Labour pledges $ 175 million to duplicate Thompsons Road

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The Victorian Labour Party has taken the initiative towards the improvement of infrastructure once again. It has announced it will ensure Thompsons Road is duplicated, between East Link and Clyde Road in Cranbourne, the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, announced.

Mr Andrews joined Shadow Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, State Member for Cranbourne, Jude Perera, State Member for Narre Warren South, Judith Graley and Labour Candidate for Carrum, Sonya Kilkenny, in Cranbourne, Manoj Kumar ALP activist and many others on Sunday 22nd June to announce Labour’s commitment.

Thompsons Rd is an important route for local families and businesses. According to Vic Roads more than 24,000 vehicles use the section of the road each day. Labour’s $175 million commitment comes as a relief to residents who face increased traffic congestion every year.

Addressing the gathering near the road the leader of opposition said. “Under Labour, local residents will spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families.”

“Only Labour will fully duplicate Thompsons Road and improve the local suburban roads that Denis Napthine has abandoned, “he said.

Labor’s commitment will see the two remaining sections between Frankston-Dandenong Road to South Gippsland Highway, and Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road to Clyde Road, duplicated.

The Thompsons Road section, between the South Gippsland Highway and Narre Warren North Road, was upgraded under the previous Labour Government.

The Thompsons Road level crossing has already been funded separately as part of Victorian Labour’s Project 10,000.

Mr Donnellan said, “Denis Napthine isn’t interested in fixing our local roads – he just wants to build a multi-billion tunnel in the inner-city.”

“Labour’s Thompsons Road duplication and level crossing removal will reduce traffic and travel time, make the drive safer and support our growing population,” he said.

According to Vic Roads, the benefits of the project include improved traffic safety, economic benefits of more efficient freight and general vehicle movements and environmental benefits of more efficient fuel use and reduced emissions.

By Neeraj Nanda