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Daft Frankston bypass project

In April 2009 I suggested that the idea of paying $750 million to build an unpriced linear feeder road that would feed into Melbourne’s traffic congestion and encourage urban sprawl was ill-advised.  Today’s Age confirms this view in a scathing report from Victoria’s Auditor General.  With inflation and a cost blowout of 45% from the private contractor the project cost has now galloped away to $2 billion.

These sorts of projects will not reduce travel costs and congestion – by increasing unpriced road use demands into the city that will worsen such problems.  A disgraceful waste of public money.

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