ELECTION | Labor commits to extend Middleton Drive

If elected, Labor has promised to commit $2 million to extending MiddletonDrive.

This was jointly announced last Wednesday by MP AnthonyAlbanese, opposition spokesman for infrastructure, transport, cities and regional development, MP StephenJones, opposition spokesman for regional communications, regional services, territories and local government, and Werriwa MP AnneStanley.

The commitment would help provide a key connecting road under the M7 motorway, linking MiddletonGrange to ElizabethHills via Middleton and Aviation drives.

The Middleton Drive extension is a "vital" project, given the southern section of Middleton Drive provides the only access in and out of the suburb of Middleton Grange.

Modelling shows completing Middleton Drive is critical for a town centre from a transport and accessibility perspective.

MEDIA STATEMENT

There is currently no public transport access to this part of the suburb due to the lack of roads in and out of the suburb through which buses can pass.

Any emergency requiring evacuation would currently see residents exposed to "high levels of risks" due to the limited opportunities for safe and timely evacuation.

This planning is being progressed and is anticipated to be completed in the short term, the media statement said.

Traffic modelling has shown that completion of Middleton Drive is critical for the successful operation of a town centre, from a transport and accessibility perspective.

Liverpool Council, with the help of Roads & Maritime Services and Transurban, is currently in the planning phase and this promised injection of funds from a federal Labor government would bring this project a step closer to happening.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $5 million, with Liverpool Council contributing the balance of the required funding.

"After nearly six years of cuts and chaos from the Liberals, Australia needs a Bill Shorten Labor government prepared to work with other levels of government to provide practical solutions to the infrastructure challenges facing the nation," the statement read.

The current Government has cut investment in roads and public transport and allowed traffic congestion to worsen under its watch, the statement said.

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