Dr Pieter Nagel, Director of Victoria University’s Institute for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of a $10 million planning study relating to Melbourne’s next major road connection WestLink, which would link the Port of Melbourne to the Western Ring Road.
Dr Nagel said: “The Institute has been a long time advocate for a tunnel connection between east and west, to alleviate the congestion of inner city connectivity.
“The planned connection between the Western Ring road and the Port of Melbourne is a first step in making Melbourne a much more connected and efficient city.”
“Overall east-west connectivity – that is right through to the eastern freeway, needs to be foremost in the minds of the planners. Without that, the additional pressure on the congestion around the port may impact on port productivity.”
“We are very pleased that a key element of the WestLink project will be a road tunnel between the Port of Melbourne and Geelong Road and Sunshine Road, running under the Maribyrnong River. Particularly as our initial submission on transport issues in the west included a strong view on a tunnel link between eastern and western Melbourne.”
“As far as the Institute is concerned the idea of not reducing the over reliance on the Westgate bridge is simply not an option. It has to be done and the enormous traffic congestion around the bridge has to be resolved.”
“The major key to any transport planning in the area should be the improvement of the amenity in the west, and particularly the inner west.
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