Sunbury arterials vital to grow tourism

Hume’s thriving tourism industry would be further boosted if the state or federal government constructed the Bulla Bypass and duplicated Sunbury Road.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, today highlighted how tourist attractions in the Sunbury region could benefit from better roads.

“Many people will travel to areas in and around Sunbury across the Christmas and New Year period, and the single-lane carriageway of Sunbury Road remains at breaking point,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“More than 1.1 million people visit Hume, and many of them head to places around Sunbury, such as the region’s wineries, the Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, and Living Legends, the home of champion racehorses.

“The tourism industry in Hume is now worth more than $1.5 billion, and we need superior roads to assist people to access our popular destinations.”

At least 23,000 vehicles travel each day on Sunbury Road to the north of Melbourne Airport.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the road would languish in a critical moment if no action was taken to add extra lanes and deliver the Bulla Bypass.

“More and more people have moved to Sunbury and the township’s population will expand even further in the coming years,” she said.

“Precinct Structure Plans predict that an extra 14,000 homes will be constructed to the east of Sunbury, and thousands of additional dwellings shall be built along Lancefield Road and Sunbury Road.

“Sunbury’s population will rise by 70 per cent between now and 2030, and many residents will need to smoothly access their place of work in Melbourne’s north.

“The undivided Sunbury Road is dangerous and has witnessed 60 crashes in the last recorded five-year period, and two of those incidents were fatalities and 27 resulted in serious injuries.

“We want Hume’s major arterials to be safe for every motorist, and the Bulla Bypass and Sunbury Road upgrade are urgently needed.”

Hume City Council has advocated for both projects to successive governments.

In June, Planning Panels Victoria recommended that the Bulla Bypass be built as soon as possible, along with the first stage of the Melbourne Airport Link.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said that investment in arterials around Sunbury would reap enormous rewards.

“I call on the state and federal governments to urgently consider these projects, because they will improve safety, ease congestion, drive business productivity, and support Victoria’s tourism industry,” she said.

“And if the Bulla Bypass is built, it will still be vital to duplicate Sunbury Road because many motorists will use it to connect with the bypass.”

Hume City Council regularly campaigns in support of infrastructure that is required across the municipality, such as greater car parking at Sunbury Railway Station and traffic lights at the intersection of Gap Road and Horne Street in Sunbury.

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 7 December 2015

Updated : 10:20 AM, 11 December 2015

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