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VicRoads CEO resigns

VicRoads Chief Executive, John Merritt, has announced his resignation and will depart the Victorian road authority at the end of the year.

Merritt has led the authority through a program of organisational change as well as the launch of the biggest capital works program the organisation has ever undertaken since his appointment to the role in early 2014.

“When I arrived the task was to transform the business and ready it to meet the needs of Victorians during a period of unprecedented population growth. We now have the biggest capital works program in our history – more than double what it was in 2014 – and we’re working hard to deliver these critical projects,” said Merritt.

“VicRoads is also more responsive and accountable now. Reform is a long journey but we’re heading in the right direction. While we don’t get it right every time, we’re committed to the job and we do play a critical role in the community.

“So it feels like the right time to move on. It’s been a wonderful experience to lead this organisation and I’m grateful for the fantastic support I have received,” he said.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, also commended Merritt’s contribution.

“John Merritt has been a terrific leader of VicRoads and I’d like to thank him for his service,” he said.

“Our government is investing more in roads and transport infrastructure than ever before, and he’s been up for the challenge of delivering it. He’s also been tireless in modernising the agency and making sure it delivers the daily services needed by road users across the state.”

Merritt has been in the role since April 2014, and will officially exit his role 20 December 2017.

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