A make-or-break meeting is set to be held today on Pacific Highway funding.
Federal transport minister Anthony Albanese and state roads minister Duncan Gay will stop issuing press releases about who should fund what for long enough to actually sit down and discuss it.
The federal government has offered to pay 50 per cent of the remaining cost of duplicating the highway, and has budgeted for it.
But the state has only budgeted for 20 per cent of the remaining highway funds and says that owing to its tight financial situation that’s all it can afford.
Mr Gay says the existing money on the table would build 85 per cent of the new road and he now has his eye on money the federal government had set aside for the Parramatta to Epping rail link as well.
He told ABC radio this morning, ‘There’s $2.1 billion sitting on a shelf for the Parramatta to Epping rail link. The premier has suggested that if they transferred that money, that’s dangerously close to the $2.3 billion that’s missing.’