Email By state political reporter Richard Willingham Updated May 21, 2019 10:05:44 Photo: Let us get on and do it, Scott Morrison told Daniel Andrews about the East West Link. (ABC News) Related Story: Decision to scrap East West Link 'based of flawed advice': auditor-general Related Story: The East West Link project explained Related Story: Is the $2b Victorian fast rail pledge too good to be true? Related Story: Sky rail to replace congested Toorak Road level crossing in Melbourne's inner east Map: Melbourne 3000 Scott Morrison's stunning election win has cemented the East West Link in Victorian political debate for another three years. Victoria now has a Prime Minister who wants to build the road but can't, and a Premier who can build it but won't. The East West Link is a proposed tunnel from the end of the Eastern Freeway in Clifton Hill to CityLink in Parkville. In 2015, the auditor-general found the design, construction, operation and associated costs of the … [Read more...] about East West Link: Will Victoria and Canberra agree to get the contentious road project built?
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Email By state political reporter Richard Willingham Updated December 05, 2019 19:04:59 Photo: An artist's impression of the Eastern Freeway interchange once the North East Link project is completed. (Supplied: Victorian Government) Related Story: Dozens of homes, 102 businesses to go to make way for Melbourne road Related Story: Can Daniel Andrews afford to knock back $4b to build the East West Link? Map: Melbourne 3000 Local businesses, a junior football league and councils are urging the Andrews Government to reconsider a decision to reject key environmental recommendations around its $16 billion North East Link. Key points:The Government has rejected a key recommendation from an independent advisory panel to extend the tunnelThe Government has now given the green light to the $16-billion road, making it Victoria's most expensive road projectSports groups and traders in Bulleen and Watsonia have expressed concern and disappointment The controversial project to … [Read more...] about Victorian Government rejects key expert advice on North East Link, dismaying traders and sport groups
Email Updated May 27, 2018 13:19:01 Photo: The proposed project will join the Eastern Freeway with the M80. (Supplied) Related Story: East West Link or North East Link? Voters to decide as parties pick sides Related Story: Premier unveils route for Melbourne's $16.5b North East Link Map: Greensborough 3088 Melbourne's proposed North East Link — the so-called missing link between two of the city's busiest arterial roads — will reduce crashes, cut travel time by up to 30 minutes and deliver a financial windfall to Victoria, according to the State Government.The Andrews Government released the business case for the $16.5 billion road project that would see the M80 Ring Road meet up with the Eastern Freeway at Greensborough, in the city's north-east.The report said 15,000 trucks would be removed from local roads, while 32,000 vehicles would be diverted off Greensborough Road.It said there would be about 100 fewer crashes on local roads in the north eastern … [Read more...] about North East Link project will reduce crashes, deliver economic boost: Victorian Government
Email By state political reporter Richard Willingham Updated May 03, 2018 16:56:58 Photo: The Andrews Government is developing a business case for North East Link. (ABC News) Related Story: $2.2 billion roads upgrade to target congestion in Melbourne's growing suburbs Related Story: Victorian Government rules out East West Link revival Related Story: Treasurer aims to 'dazzle' burbs and bush with budget bag of goodies Map: Melbourne 3000 Victorian voters will have a choice of the East West Link or the North East Link at the November state poll after Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said the dumped road was his priority.Mr Guy also said that congestion in the northern suburbs could be alleviated through his $5 billion policy of removing traffic lights and intersections at strategic locations in the north-east suburbs.There have long been calls for Melbourne's so-called "missing link" to be built between the Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway.The Andrews … [Read more...] about East West Link: Victorian Opposition to resurrect controversial project if it wins government
BY: LT GEN (RETD) SANJAY KULKARNI In 1977, after I was commissioned into the Kumaon Regiment, I had to spend a few months at the Regimental Centre at Ranikhet to get to understand the troops that we were to serve and to undergo a pre-course training before heading for the Young Officers’ Course. In the lap of the snow-capped Himalayas, the beautiful view of Nanda Devi (7,816 metres) every morning, along with that of Trishul peak, was mesmerising. The young officers were told that Colonel N Kumar, popularly called ‘Bull’, had taken to mountaineering inspired by the panoramic view of the snow-covered peaks of the Central Himalayas from the Officers’ Mess. As luck would have it, immediately after the Young Officers’ Course, I was detailed to attend the Mountain Warfare Course at Gulmarg, where Col Kumar was the commandant. It was then for the first time that we heard of an expedition to Siachen Glacier while we were climbing the Stok Kangri in Leh. In 1983 … [Read more...] about Hoisting Tricolour at Siachen