Easing congestion on agenda

Whittlesea Leader
2 October 2018
Margot Taylor

Roads in Whittlesea can’t ‘cope’ with huge traffic volumes

 

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Whittlesea residents Priyam Shah and Tony Francis are calling for improvements to local roads.

WHITTLESEA Council is calling on local politicians to commit to reducing dire traffic congestion in the region.

The council will lobby all local candidates in the lead up to the November state election. Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis said improvements to Bridge Inn Rd, Craigieburn Rd east, Epping Rd and Findon Rd were necessary to improve the quality of life of residents.

“We are one of the four largest growing municipalities in Victoria and our roads simply cannot cope with the huge volume of traffic on them,” she said. “More than 8000 new residents move here every year and that means even more traffic.”

The council is calling for duplications of Craigieburn Rd east between Epping Rd and the Hume Freeway in Epping north and Wollert, and Findon Rd between Epping and Plenty roads in Epping and South Morang.

Councillors will also push for an extension of the proposed upgrades to Bridge Inn Rd between Plenty Rd and Wellington St in Mernda, and Epping Rd, Bridge Inn Rd and Craigieburn Rd in Wollert.

The council claims commitments to the reduction of traffic congestion is a matter of urgency because the population of Whittlesea is expected to increase by more than 70 per cent in the next two decades.

“More than half our working residents have to travel outside the local area to work,” Cr Pavlidis said.

Residents will have the opportunity to hear how Yan Yean state Labor MP Danielle Green, Opposition public transport spokesman David Davis and Northern Victoria Greens candidate Nicole Rowan plan to tackle congestion during a Leader transport forum this Thursday.

The forum will run from 7.00-8.30pm at Mernda Village Community Activity Centre, 70 Mernda Village Drive. It’s one of 15 being held across metropolitan Melbourne.

Details: transportforum.org.au

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