New hope after Craigieburn Road promise

 Helen Patsikatheodorou and Rob Mitchell, on Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn.
On the road: Helen Patsikatheodorou and Rob Mitchell celebrate Labor's promise to duplicate Craigieburn Road.

Today’s announcement that a federal Labor government would help to duplicate a congested section of Craigieburn Road was wonderful news, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, has said.

Cr Patsikatheodorou made the comment after a declaration in Epping by the Shadow Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese.

“The Australian Labor Party has told us that it will allocate $20 million to duplicate Craigieburn Road between Hanson Road and Dorchester Street, if the ALP wins the election on 2 July 2016,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“We’re excited, because this slice of road struggles to cope every day, as more than 28,197 vehicles head east or west.

“The bottleneck slows down our local economy and makes it cumbersome for couriers to deliver parts to factories.

“The congestion forces police officers, firefighters and paramedics to weave through traffic as they respond to emergencies.

“It frustrates mums and dads as they take the kids to school, and delays thousands of our residents when they head to work.

“Hume City Council has campaigned for years on this issue, because we see first-hand the impact of Craigieburn Road’s gridlock.”

If today’s pledge is realised, Craigieburn Road will ultimately accommodate two lanes in both directions between the Hume Highway and Dorchester Street.

The road is a crucial thoroughfare, because it helps residents to travel to DS Aitken Reserve and Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, as well as to Craigieburn’s railway station, leisure centre, basketball stadium, police station, fire station, golf course, and bowling greens.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Craigieburn was one of Australia’s fastest growing areas.

“The suburb’s population has more than doubled in the past decade, and we anticipate that it will rise by almost 50 per cent between now and 2036,” she said.

“Craigieburn is home to so many young families, and they deserve to enjoy the roads and public transport options which people in more established parts of Melbourne take for granted.

“The outer suburbs of Australia really do nurture the future of our beautiful country, because these areas are where massive numbers of families live.

“Outer suburbs are the places where children grow and learn about the world, and Hume City Council is determined to campaign for better infrastructure in areas like Craigieburn.”

Representatives of Hume City Council have spoken with candidates for the seat of McEwen about the need to duplicate Craigieburn Road.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was thrilled that Labor’s Rob Mitchell had advocated in support of the project.

“Rob has regularly taken the issue of Craigieburn Road to his federal colleagues in Canberra, and we’re very grateful for his tireless efforts,” she said.

“Council would love the Liberal Party, and its candidate Chris Jermyn, to make a funding promise, because the people of Craigieburn need this road fixed now.”

For further information on the issues that Hume City Council campaigns on, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 17 June 2016

Updated : 5:13 PM, 21 June 2016

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