Roads | October 22, 2015

Labor puts the brakes on country roads

The Andrews Labor State Government was creating a more dangerous, slower road network in country Victoria as it continued to hack into regional road budgets, Nationals MP for Northern Victoria, Damian Drum, said today.

In a speech in State Parliament, he accused the State Government of cutting regional road maintenance funding by 9.8 per cent or $84 million.

“That’s not taking a razor to country road budgets, that’s a chainsaw.”

He said that VicRoads was having to lower speed limits from 100 to 80 kph in many areas to try to save crashes and lives.

“Everywhere I go across northern Victoria people raise this issue with me. They are alarmed that they have lower speed limits because their roads are no longer safe.”

Mr Drum demanded the Government supply all details of where the lower limits were being forced across northern Victoria.

The 9.8 per cent cut to basic regional road funding came on the top of Labor’s scrapping of the previous Government’s $160 million country roads and bridges program.

Instead of directing funds at cash-strapped country councils, Labor had brought in a fund called the Stronger Country Bridges program – which had seen money spent on 10 bridges within four kilometres of Premier Daniel Andrews’ suburban electorate, Mulgrave.

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