Demand remains for duplication of Craigieburn Rd

One of Australia’s fastest growing communities has been left hanging after its key priorities failed to be adequately considered in the State Government’s budget for 2017/18.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said there was significant community disappointment that the Victorian Government had not delivered on the duplication of Craigieburn Road.

“Council, local MP Ros Spence and the community have continuously called for the urgent duplication of this road to address serious congestion and safety risks,” Cr Jessop said.

“Despite extensive proof that the duplication is desperately needed, including the undertaking of a $250,000 Victorian Government business case into its feasibility, Council and the community are appalled that no further funding has been announced.

“Our highest priority is efficient transport planning and systems – we want people to travel easily and safely to where they need to go.

“Our community has experienced a decade of record growth in the northern growth corridor but state-controlled arterial road upgrades have not matched the growth in the area, putting real strain on local traffic, causing increased congestion and creating safety risks.

“The community needs the Victorian Government to take us seriously and provide support for road projects such as the Bulla Bypass and the duplication of Craigieburn Road, Mickleham Road and Somerton Road.

“More than 28,000 motorists alone use the single lane Craigieburn Road between Hanson Road and Bridgewater Road each day, and these are hard-working families who want to spend time with the children - not be stuck in traffic.

“It is essential that we address congestion and allow for greater traffic flow for our residents sooner rather than later, as any future announcements would now take years to complete these key road upgrades, and we believe this is totally unacceptable.

“There is more than enough proof that these roads are operating well beyond capacity and our community is only going to get bigger – these roads need to be duplicated now!

“We seriously urge the Victorian Government to reconsider and commit to an urgent upgrade and duplication of these roads in 2017/18.”

Key facts:

  • Hume is one of Australia’s fastest-growing and diverse communities. Home to more than 203,600 people, it is expected to grow to more than 345,400 by 2041.
  • Council works to ensure Hume is well-connected, with the road network and local car parking facilities meeting the needs of our growing community, while the design of the city reduces the dependency on cars.
  • Parts of the Hume community are experiencing serious challenges, as confirmed by the results of the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA).
  • There is no quick fix and no one level of government or organisation can address disadvantage on their own.
  • But a significant part of the solution is sustained, long-term investment from State and Federal governments, and partnering with local agencies to improve community wellbeing and prosperity and to create opportunities for education and employment.
  • Shortfalls in government funding mean that the region’s transport, jobs, education, medical, aged care and community facilities are not adequate to meet the population boom.

Posted on 3:15 PM, 3 May 2017

Updated : 3:24 PM, 3 May 2017

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