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McCurdy fights back

McCurdy fights back

The Member for Ovens Valley is speaking out against increased tolls

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has spoken out against Labor's Transurban Deal, forcing motorists to pay for the new West Gate Tunnel.

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Mr McCurdy said the deal will increase tolls to pay for the new West Gate Tunnel, with motorists expected to pay an extra $37.3 billion in tolls

"The analysis shows that $26.5 billion of that increase (around 71 per cent) will come exclusively from CityLink users – and that includes Ovens Valley drivers who use the tollway when coming in to the city via the Tullamarine or Monash freeways," Mr McCurdy said.

He said Labor axed the $160 million Country Roads and Bridges program as well as slashed the VicRoads country maintenance budget.

"Our local country roads are in appalling condition due to funding cuts by the Andrews Labor Government yet the arrogant Premier for Melbourne is making us help pay for his new Melbourne tunnel.

"We can’t even get pot holes fixed on our crumbling country roads but under Daniel Andrews’ sneaky deal with Transurban, we’ll be forced to pay for city infrastructure we aren’t even using."

Mr McCurdy said the cost of doing business would also skyrocket.

"Commercial vehicles already pay higher tolls, so any movement of fresh produce or freight that goes across the state via Melbourne will also cost more with Labor’s toll increases and there will be a third commercial category added under this new deal,” he said.

"The last thing farmers and regional businesses need is escalating costs."

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