Frustrated behind the wheel? Make views known!

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, at Mickleham Road, Greenvale.
Clogged: Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou at Mickleham Road, Greenvale.

Residents of Hume who are frustrated with congested roads across the municipality should make their views known through the RACV Outer Metropolitan Growing Pains survey.

The questionnaire will help the RACV to update its Growing Pains report, which is designed to strengthen the case for better roads and public transport across Melbourne and Geelong.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said there were many roads in Hume that required attention.

“Craigieburn, Greenvale and Sunbury have seen huge increases in population, and roads that were built for farmers just can’t cope with the recent and rapid rise in traffic,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“In the past 12 years, vehicle numbers on Somerton Road jumped by 47 per cent, between Roxburgh Park Drive and Aitken Boulevard.

“There has been a gigantic 146 per cent rise in traffic volume on the western section of Craigieburn Road in the last decade alone.

“And Mickleham Road now struggles to cope after a 38 per cent rise in vehicle numbers, north of Somerton Road, across the previous two years.

“Large sections of these thoroughfares are a single lane in each direction, and the roads are at breaking point.

“Motorists are forced to wait long periods in clogged traffic, and this results in a very frustrating commute.

“We want our residents to enjoy the roads that people in other parts of Melbourne take for granted, so they can spend less time behind the wheel and more time with their families.”

Traffic on Sunbury Road continues to increase, with more than 23,000 vehicles on the road every day to the north of Melbourne Airport.

Congestion on the single lane carriageway is set to worsen in the coming years, as thousands of homes are built to the east of Sunbury, and along Lancefield Road and Sunbury Road.

Cr Patsikatheodorou congratulated the RACV on their work to promote the need for a better transport network in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

“The motoring club has worked hard for many decades to improve roads across Victoria,” she said.

“In 2012, the RACV’s initial Growing Pains report highlighted more than 150 road and public transport projects that were essential for Melbourne and Geelong.

“I call on people across Hume to let the RACV know about roads that need to be improved, so that the motoring group can include these projects in their revised Growing Pains report.”

People who would like to fill in the RACV’s Outer Metropolitan Growing Pains survey should go to www.racv.com.au before Thursday 31 March 2016.

Hume City Council regularly advocates to state and federal governments in support of projects that will reduce road congestion and make it easier for residents to travel by public transport.

The Council is proud to be a part of the National Growth Areas Alliance’s Fund our Future campaign.

For further information on the infrastructure that Hume needs now, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 7 March 2016


Updated : 10:23 AM, 10 March 2016

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