Andrews eyes budget cuts to Victoria’s crumbling roads

Labor Roads Minster Jaala Pulford has become the first Minister to admit there will be cuts to roads and road maintenance as Andrews looks to slash $4 billion from its failing budget.

In Question Time today, Minister Pulford said: “The challenge however, is maintaining this double the level of investment that the former government was making into regional roads, and to continue it year after year.”

Her admission follows a horror 2019 where 266 people lost their lives on our roads. It’s also been a shocking start to 2020, with 40 people already losing their lives - more than half of those are in rural and regional Victoria.

Labor has already cut regional road maintenance for Victoria’s major local roads including non-arterial state roads, minor roads and local regional roads. Labor has also cut the benchmark standards for regional roads to meet cracking standards, which leads to potholes and poor road quality.

Despite Labor’s claims of funding increases over the past five years, our roads have got worse and now Andrews wants to make more cuts.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Rural Roads, Roma Britnell:

“Jaala Pulford has let the cat out of the bag – while rural roads continue to fall apart, funding to fix them will be slashed by Andrews.

“This is a slap in the face to country people who are seeing billions of dollars in blow outs on metropolitan transport projects while money to fix roads is being cut.

“It’s becoming evident that if you live beyond the metropolitan area, the Andrews Labor Government thinks you’re a second class citizen.”

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