Napthine’s Tunnel Botched Every Step Of The Way

Brian Tee | 

The body responsible for providing key advice to the Napthine Government on the East West Tunnel has handed down a scathing report that slams the Government’s handling of the project.

The Planning Assessment Panel says the whole process was rushed, remains incomplete, and lacks key information such as traffic modelling. The result is ‘angst and confusion in the community.’

The report says the process ‘has not been one that follows a logical path of identifying viable options, evaluating them (and) engaging the community’ and that too many details are left out.

The report also recommends significant changes to the alignment of the tunnel including the port connection be dropped from the project altogether. Mr Guy says he will not accept this, and other, recommendations.

Quotes attributable to Mr Tee: 

“Denis Napthine wants every Victorian to pay for this project, but can’t say when it will start, when it will finish, where and how it will be built, and how much it will cost – it’s a recipe for disaster.” 

“Reports of carelessness, chaos and confusion have blown this project apart, just months before Denis Napthine intends to sign the contracts.” 

“This project has been botched from day one and Denis Napthine cannot possibly sign the contracts before the election.”

Key Facts 

  • The report recommends the removal of the Hoddle Street flyover, the removal of the Elliott Avenue interchange, and the construction of a new interchange at an undisclosed location on Flemington Road.
  • The new changes haven’t been subject to consultation and the effect on residents and businesses is unknown.
  • The tender process is advanced, with only two bidders still in competition. The scope of the project is still yet to be determined.


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