Somerton Road Duplication

What is the issue?

Somerton Road (linked to Cooper Street) is an important west-east road link in the Northern Growth Corridor.  

It connects fast growing residential areas, such as Greenvale and Epping, with health services (including the Northern Hospital), train stations, shopping centres, the Hume Highway, the Epping Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market and provides an important alternative route to Melbourne Airport (via Mickleham Road). 

Somerton Road is currently duplicated between the Hume Highway and Roxburgh Park Drive. Vehicles and cyclists travelling further west must negotiate a single carriageway to Mickleham Road.  

Around 25,000 vehicles per day use this section of Somerton Road, and often bring traffic to a standstill. An undivided road also poses significant safety concerns when traffic volumes reach this level. 

Additionally, the time people spend in their cars on congested roads lessens the time they can spend with their family and friends.

Why is it important to the Hume City community?

Inadequate public transport provision in Greenvale, Craigieburn West and Craigieburn North has led to an over-reliance on car usage, with more than 72 per cent of Greenvale residents, 69 per cent of Craigieburn residents and more than 70 per cent of Roxburgh Park residents driving to work by car. 

The growth taking place in Greenvale (population predicted to double by 2036) and Craigieburn (population predicted to increase by 50 per cent by 2036) has led to the demand for Aitken Boulevard. 

Aitken Boulevard is providing a more direct route between Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows and Melbourne Airport; also increasing pressure on Somerton Rd. Government investment in Somerton Road will alleviate current traffic congestion and mitigate the implications of future population growth in this important part of Melbourne’s north. 

The support we need

Funding for the duplication of Somerton Road between Roxburgh Park Drive and Kirkham Drive.

What can you do? Help us advocate and be heard!

 

 


Updated : 4:24 PM, 20 March 2020

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