Works commence at notorious intersection

Construction has commenced to install traffic lights that will guide vehicle and pedestrian movement at one of the busiest intersections in Craigieburn, the corner of Hanson and Craigieburn roads.

Hume Mayor, Cr Adem Atmaca, today joined the Federal Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, to inspect the first stages of the works.

Cr Atmaca said he was thrilled to see the upgrade commence.

“Hume City Council has campaigned for a long time in support of traffic lights at this intersection, and today is a very exciting day,” Cr Atmaca said.

“It’s such a busy corner because many drivers pass through it as they commute from Craigieburn’s business and shopping precinct to the new residential areas in the north and west.

“The intersection has been very risky for motorists who turn right out of Hanson Road, and there were three reported casualty crashes at the site in the five years to 2012.

“These traffic lights will reduce the stress that many drivers feel, and are also expected to lessen the delays faced by motorists who travel south on Hanson Road.”

The Australian Government has contributed $612,342 to the project, which will cost a total of $790,000.

Mr Mitchell today congratulated everyone who advocated for the traffic lights.

“Many people supported me and Hume City Council in the campaign for this vital upgrade, and today is a real win for local residents who simply said that the intersection just had to change,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Craigieburn’s population continues to rise and it will grow by almost 50 per cent between now and 2036, so this corner will only get busier and busier.

“Many buses travel through the intersection too, and the traffic lights will make a smoother journey for both vehicles and pedestrians.

“A number of cars have collided as they turn through the intersection, and I’m confident that the traffic lights will prevent injury.”

Hume City Council continues to advocate for a range of vital infrastructure to improve safety, enhance traffic flow, and modernise public transport services.

“We’d like to secure funding to duplicate sections of Somerton Road, Sunbury Road and Craigieburn Road, so the thoroughfares can accommodate increasing vehicle numbers,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Council has also called on the Victorian Government to support greater car parking at Craigieburn Train Station, and to redevelop the outdated Broadmeadows Train Station.”

The upgrade of the intersection at Hanson and Craigieburn roads is expected to be completed by August 2015, subject to weather.

Updated : 9:52 AM, 19 May 2015

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