The Victorian Government has sidelined plans for a revamped Melbourne Metro and allocated $294 million in the Budget to build the East West Tollway.
This follows a promise by Tony Abbott to put up $1.5 billion to push this tollway through our community.
Despite these terrible decisions, we should be heartened by the impact our community campaign has had, with the Premier dropping plans to put the tollway above ground.
However a tunnel will still be a disaster for inner Melbourne and Royal Park with years of construction and permanent on and off ramps and polluting towers through our neighbourhoods.
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We want to make clear this fight is not over. The tollway will need billions more in funding to be built and its future is not certain.
Adam and the Greens will fight this tooth and nail using our numbers in Parliament to stop any attempt by Tony Abbott to ruin our community. We will not forget that Labor Premier John Brumby first proposed this tollway and we will hold Labor to account if they try and join Tony Abbott in funding the tunnel.
The future for this city is clean, fast, efficient public transport.