SHADOW MINISTER FOR ROADS JOINING FIGHT TO SEE GREEN LIGHT GIVEN TO NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON VICTORIA ROAD CHIRNSIDE PARK

30 June 2016

SHADOW MINISTER FOR ROADS JOINING FIGHT TO SEE GREEN LIGHT GIVEN TO NEW TRAFFIC LIGHTS ON VICTORIA ROAD CHIRNSIDE PARK

Member for Evelyn Christine Fyffe, joined by Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Smith, have called on the Andrews Government to install traffic lights at a dangerous dog leg intersection in Chirnside Park.

Mrs Fyffe said that the intersection of Victoria Road with Switchback Road and Nelson Road is developing the dubious reputation after a number of serious accidents at the intersection, with many occurring during peak hour.

“Serious accidents have increased at this intersection in recent years. It is a well-known black spot,” Mrs Fyffe said.

“Chirnside Park residents have legitimate cause for concern because it is a tricky dog leg intersection that sees motorists chancing right hand turns in the few breaks in traffic,” Mrs Fyffe said.

Traffic volumes have increased in line with population growth in the area which is being fed by vehicles coming from Lilydale Heights College, Lilydale Scout Group, Lilydale Cemetery, Lilydale Memorial Crematorium, the Gateway housing estate, Lilydale West Primary, tourist traffic and the Cave Hill industrial Park.
Shadow Minister for Roads Ryan Smith said that the Andrews Government has had ample opportunity to fix the problem.

“This is a government that has been in power over a year and half, has a budget surplus of $1.2 billion as a result of a massive tax grab – yet is failing to fix basic traffic management issues that are important to Victorians,” Mr Smith said.

“Ignoring intersections like this, where the evidence shows there is a real safety issue – will potentially cost lives in the future,” Mr Smith said.
Mrs Fyffe raised the issue in Parliament last week in a Members Statement, ensuring it is on the Andrews Government’s radar.

“In my Members Statement I raised the importance of having traffic lights. Signage and more line markings won’t work.

“Traffic lights will help create breaks in the traffic so that motorists can make right hand turns onto Victoria Road more easily, while giving pedestrians including local students, the opportunity to cross the road safely.

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