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15 Jan 2020

Roads less travelled, or less built.

Roads less travelled, or less built.
Just three of 114 government-promised road projects have been started

Frustration grows as construction has started on just three of 114 federal government-funded road projects promised in the lead-up to the general election.

Two are on the same road in Ellenbrook, in Perth. The other is a roundabout at Beverley Hills in south-west Sydney, a far cry from the other 111 that were voted on by the public and committee.  All 114 projects are out of the $4 billion Urban Congestion Fund, designed under Malcolm Turnbull, but used by Scott Morrison as a way of making localized funding promises in the lead-up to the election.



But the government has hit back at criticism claiming that the progress is "very fast" - and says it has worked with six state government and local councils to get things built on time. 


The Labor Party has accused the government of leaving Australians "stuck in the slow lane". "We're moving as quickly as possible on these," Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said in a rebuttal when asked pressing questions in a recent interview with 9news. 

Many developments for roads, traffic lights, and car parks are either in planning or not yet been discussed, which leaves many wondering what exactly is going on under muffled breath and highly opinionated residents. 

"This is a government unable to deliver on its key election promise of building busting congestion across the country," Shadow Infrastructure Minister Catherine King said. But the government claims there'll be more progress this year. "In 2020 we will have 70 under construction, and by the end of the year we'll have at least 28 completed." Minister Tudge said.



The cricket nets that Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to provide the students at Bellevue Heights Primary School. Sadly, they have been neglected by the government, forcing staff to intervene and ask for private funding to help maintain the request. 


They weren't the only pre-election commitments and promises thrown about and made - the Prime Minister also promised $20,000 to help start funding with the construction of new cricket nets for Bellevue Heights Primary School near Adelaide.

"They should be in time for you guys to get in for your next season," he told students during the election campaign.

After 9News revealed that the deadline passed, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "I am disappointed with the progress of this project and I want it completed as quickly as possible."