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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Transporting Melbourne and several other bits - Part V

Scoresby policy doesn't stack up: Latham
The federal government's decision to withhold funding for the Scoresby section of the Mitcham-Frankston Freeway didn't stack up with the Victorian Liberals' stance on the matter, Labor said. The federal government has withheld $421.5 million in funding since the Victoria's Labor government reneged last year on a pre-election promise to build the project in Melbourne's east without tolls.

Leighton work book grows
Leighton Holdings is set for a boost to work in hand by having a finger in every piece of the Mitcham-Frankston freeway pie. Chief executive Wal King said yesterday he expected the Victorian Government to announce the preferred tenderer next month. And with Leighton involved in competing bids, it is guaranteed either $1.3 billion or $2.6 billion of work.

Record freight moved by rail
Australian Rail Track Corporation has made a record-breaking start to the new financial year. Adelaide-based ARTC said yesterday freight volumes in July and August were at record levels and that more strong growth would follow, thanks to an $872 million deal signed in June.

Princes Highway speed to be cut back
VicRoads has confirmed it will reduce the speed limit on the Princes Highway between Pakenham and Longwarry. The current limit of 110 kilometres an hour will be reduced to 100.

Politicians 'dodge' youth road toll
Politicians were holding out last night against calls by road safety experts for people to seriously consider giving up long-held freedoms for the sake of young lives. Night curfews and passenger restrictions for young drivers are proven methods of reducing fatalities but had for years been dismissed by governments, road safety expert Mark Stevenson said.

Canberra boosts state road funding
The Howard Government will announce hundreds of millions of dollars in new road funding today, benefiting mainly South Australia and Queensland. The upgrade in transport infrastructure comes just days after Treasury announced a budget windfall of $25 billion - more than double the forecast from the May budget. Despite unveiling an $11.8billion national transport plan in June, Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has secured extra funds that will be channelled into areas in need of major upgrading.

NSW - Capsicum gel for train police
New South Wales's controversial transit police could soon use 'capsicum gel' to subdue violent offenders on trains. The development came as a budget estimates committee was told rail police sexually assaulted a woman on a country train. State transport minister Michael Costa said he had asked RailCorp chief executive Vince Graham to consider giving capsicum gel to hundreds of transit officers.