Victoria’s broken and disjointed freeway system is scheduled for repair. The Liberal Nationals will build both the East West and North East Links and finally connect the network. Additionally, we will replace traffic lights with grade separations and modernised traffic signal systems at 35 of Victoria’s most heavily congested intersections to ensure optimum traffic flow. Removing these intersections will get traffic moving again and dramatically reduce the grinding stop-start for drivers. Over the next 12 months we’ll work with local communities to identify another 20 traffic light intersections for removal.
The Liberal Nationals team has a plan to eradicate more than just freeway traffic; also targeting congested intersections state-wide.
The grade-separations at 55 of the worst intersections across Melbourne’s outer suburbs will vastly improve driver experience and travel times during commuter peak hours and school pick up/drop-off time. Removing traffic lights at these intersections will complement the level crossing removals program and improve traffic flow in every direction.
Traffic lights at busy intersections on local roads are a contributing factor to many accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by traffic jams, turning vehicles, driver errors, pedestrian-vehicle conflict and driver frustration.
Melbourne’s overlooked outer population is more reliant on cars due to greater driving distances and fewer transport options. A coordinated, fast-moving system of interconnected freeways and fewer traffic lights will give people living in suburban or semi-rural areas better access to employment, the CBD and other areas.
Heavy traffic congestion on our suburban roads and the resulting emissions have compromised the environment and air quality in our suburbs. A road network of steady moving traffic will reduce fuel consumption and pollution for residents, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Last year under the Labor Government, Victoria recorded some of the worst unemployment figures of any state. Our slow and inefficient roads impact business productivity. Higher transport costs are passed on to the consumer, which affects us all. The fast and seamless transport of goods and services throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria helps keep local businesses more competitive and connected, allowing them to expand and employ more workers. Fast moving freeways, fewer rail crossings and traffic lights will allow for more efficient transport and get our economy moving.
Unnecessary traffic delays cost us time; time with our families; time at home; time doing things that are important to us. The extra hours taken leaving early for work and getting home late is wasted time that could be better spent. Working parents race to pick their kids up on time and arrive home stressed. Even weekend travel is affected – the frustration of leaving early to drive to the football only to be stuck in traffic while the game starts, or arriving late to the family dinner after a short trip turns into a lengthy delay.
Meanwhile, thousands of cars and trucks head to the Metropolitan Ring Road on arterial roads already at capacity in the inner north east, creating traffic hazards for pedestrians and school children. Travellers from the eastern suburbs heading to Melbourne Airport leave home hours before even the shortest domestic flight. At Hoddle Street where the Eastern Freeway comes to an abrupt end, cars flood arterial and back roads, weaving through the suburbs of Collingwood and Carlton to get to CityLink. Trucks from the south-eastern suburbs and Gippsland negotiate six highways to deliver their produce to the fruit and vegetable markets at Epping. A breakdown on the Westgate Bridge brings traffic across the inner west to a halt for hours on end.
Our quality of life has changed, and not for the better. Melbourne traffic has reached a crisis point and immediate action is required. The Liberal National commitment is a progressive and strategic plan to build a cohesive road system that will benefit all Victorians.
- Another 20 intersections will be identified following community consultation and feedback.
You can have your say on which intersection you think needs to be fixed at: GetVictoriaMoving.com.au