Northern Star Weekly
27 March 2018
Epping north residents are calling on the state government and the Opposition to commit to improving roads and transport in the area.
Close to 250 people living in Epping North and Wollert have signed an Aurora Community Association petition, calling for a transport solution.
The petition has been started as part of the association’s Connect Communities campaign.
It calls for Labor and the Coalition to commit to funding to extend the rail line to Wollert and duplicating Epping and Edgars roads and Craigieburn Road East.
The projects have been identified as priorities by Whittlesea council, while Infrastructure Victoria believes the rail link will be needed in 15 to 30 years.
Group member Tony Francis said transport services had failed to keep pace with growth, severely impacting on residents’ lives.
He said congestion was robbing families of precious time together and making it harder for residents to be part of the community.
“It hugely disadvantages local residents who are in a worsening liveability situation as the result of substantial and increasing traffic congestion,” he said.
Residents have posted comments on the petition saying the duplications and rail extension are long overdue, and that it was time to get Epping moving.
The petition follows a council submission to the government calling for funding to duplicate key roads including Edgars, Epping and Craigieburn roads.
Mayor Kris Pavlidis said existing infrastructure in Whittlesea was not coping with the significant residential and industrial growth, creating costly delays.
“Urgent upgrades and duplications will ensure the safety of road users, increase liveability for our residents and secure Victoria’s economic viability,” she said.
The petition can be signed at bit.ly/2pp96ZS
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