Mickleham Road Duplication

What is the issue?

Mickleham Road is a key north-south road link in the Northern Growth Region. It connects established communities in southern Hume (Tullamarine) and Melbourne Airport with the suburbs of Greenvale West and Craigieburn two of the fastest growing communities in Australia.

Mickleham Road is currently duplicated between Melrose Drive, Tullamarine and Somerton Road Greenvale which then reverts to a single carriageway as was the case when the road was constructed when it serviced a rural community in the north of Melbourne. New residential subdivisions are being established on both sides of Mickleham Road which is placing pressure on this section of the road.

Since 2013, there has been a 38% increase in the number of vehicles using Mickleham Road north of Somerton Road, with over 21,000 vehicles per day battling congestion to get throughout the region, often bringing the road to a standstill. Additionally there have been over 20 casualty crashes on Mickleham Road over the last 5-year period.

This impacts on the realibility of travel throughout the area and has the potential to impact the bottom line of businesses travelling along this route - an issue that will be magnified in coming years with the new businesses to be established in the Merrifield Town Centre.

Why is it important to the Hume City community?

The growth taking place in Greenvale (population predicted to double by 2036) and Craigieburn (population predicted to increase by 50% by 2036) is placing pressure on a number of key road links in Hume City’s northern growth corridor.

Compounding this, inadequate public transport provision in Greenvale and Craigieburn West and Craigieburn North has led to an overreliance on cars with over 72% of Greenvale residents, nearly 69% of Craigieburn residents and over 70% of Roxburgh Park residents driving to work by car. The time people spend in their cars on congested roads lessens the time they can spend with their family and friends.

Without duplication of Mickleham Road between Somerton Road and Craigieburn Road, congestion will worsen. Additional capacity on Mickleham Road will result in a diversion of traffic from other major arterial roads in the Hume Corridor, which will benefit the wider network and mitigate the implications of future population growth in this important part of Melbourne’s north.

The Support We Need

The Victorian Government to provide funding to duplicate Mickleham Road between Somerton Road and Craigieburn Road.

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Updated : 3:44 PM, 28 January 2016

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