Snarls drive bid to fix road

Whittlesea Leader
11 July 2017
Paul Shapiro

VicRoads must urgently address increasing traffic congestion around Cooper St, says RACV


WIDENING Cooper St to three lanes should be a priority for VicRoads and the State Government, says Victoria’s peak motoring body.

RACV Roads and Traffic manager David Jones said widening the Epping street, and improving bus services and cycling lanes, was a matter of urgency.

“Cooper St needs to be widened to three lanes,” Mr Jones said. With developments in the pipeline for the street, including a billion dollar mini-suburb with shops and a hospital, he said congestion would only get worse.

“VicRoads needs to ensure there is sufficient land available for acquisition and they are working with any potential developers to make sure the roads in the area can handle a significant increase in traffic,” he said.

“Fixing Cooper St remains a priority for the RACV and we’re preparing a document that should be ready to present to VicRoads and the government later this year.”

Thomastown MP Bronwyn Halfpenny, whose office is on Cooper St, said the street could be widened but that wasn’t the main issue. “Residents often tell me the biggest problem is around the Cooper St/Miller St/High St area,” Ms Halfpenny said.

“The bottleneck at this end is what seems to hold up the traffic which is why I’m pushing, as a priority, the completion of Edgars Rd. We have a lot of catching up to do in the Cooper St area but I think there is an urgent need to duplicate Epping Rd which residents have also raised as a priority.”

VicRoads Regional Director Metro North West Vince Punaro said it was working to relieve congestion.

“The O’Herns Rd interchange will provide alternative access onto the Hume Freeway and improve traffic flow on High St, Miller St and Cooper St,” he said.

Reference 11 July, p. 5

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