The history of the East West Link

The East West Link has been dumped at a cost of $339 million to Victorian taxpayers. See the timeline of the failed project.

THE LONG ROAD TO DUMPING THE EAST WEST LINK:

BEGINNINGS

1999 - Tunnel linking Eastern and Tullamarine freeways is proposed.

2003 - Discussed in Northern Central City Corridor Study.

2008 - Recommended in a transport needs report by Sir Rod Eddington.

2012 - The Baillieu government budgets $15 million to examine the business case.

2013 - Premier Denis Napthine commits to East West Link stage one.

2014 - September 9, East West Connect consortium (Lend Lease, Capella Capital, Acciona and Bouygues) is named the preferred bidder.

- September 11, the Labor opposition says it will not build the tollway even if contracts are signed, and will not pay compensation.

- September 29, the Napthine government signs the $5.3 billion stage one contract, and a side-letter for $1.1 billion compensation if the project is scrapped.

ENDINGS

2014 - November 29 - Labor wins the state election.

- December, Premier Daniel Andrews orders a halt to work and releases the business case showing benefit-cost ratio was 45 cents for every $1 spent.

2015

February - the Andrews government says payment to the consortium will be limited to costs incurred.

April 14 - French and Spanish embassies raise concerns over impact on companies.

April 15 - Government says it will pay $339 million, and end East West Link.

Source AAP

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