Media Release

14 November 2018

Guy: Get Victoria Moving: Easing congestion in Eltham and enhancing emergency fire evacuation capacity locally

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Get Victoria Moving: Easing congestion in Eltham and enhancing emergency fire evacuation capacity locally

The Liberal Nationals will ease congestion through Eltham by widening Bridge Street to Sherbourne Road roundabout in Eltham if elected next month.

Under the Liberals plan, Bridge Street will be widened from Karingal Drive up to Main Road, Eltham, expanding the current single lanes to two in each direction.

Currently, Eltham is clogged with traffic during peak times, school runs and now weekends, with the afternoon peak rapidly becoming more congested by the day.

The area between Susan and Bolton Streets is frequently jammed with traffic, and almost every time somebody turns into Bunnings, or a bus stops along Bridge Street, all of Eltham’s traffic comes to a stand-still.

The $15 million widening project will occur within the existing road reserve and will include additional lanes and a new roundabout at Sherbourne Road with improved pedestrian safety.

The congestion busting plan is also critical to ensuring the people of Eltham, Eltham North and Research have adequate roadways which can accommodate an evacuation, particularly during each bushfire season.

Eltham residents are increasingly aware that with limited single lane access in-and-out of Eltham, a mass-evacuation would be extremely difficult to facilitate a timely and safe manner based on the existing road infrastructure.

Daniel Andrews and Labor has failed to widen Bridge Street which acts as a thoroughfare, not just for Eltham residents, but also motorists in Briar Hill, St Helena, Montmorency, Etham North, Research and Kangaroo Ground.

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and allowed unchecked, unplanned, inappropriate development in electorate like Eltham which is putting enormous strain on our roads, public transport and other infrastructure.

This announcement is the next step in the Liberals’ plan to ease congestion, building on the commitments to remove the intersection at Greensborough Hwy and Civic Drive and the intersection at Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road, Eltham as a part of the Liberals’ congestion busting $4.1 billion Intersection Removal Program.

The Liberals will also duplicate the train line between Greensborough and Eltham meaning more trains more often.

These projects will work to get Eltham moving again and get commuters out of traffic and at home with their families.

Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get back in control of population growth and get ahead of vital infrastructure, decentralise our state and ease the population squeeze in our outer suburbs.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:

“I grew up in Montmorency and while our population has increased, the roads haven’t changed that much.

I have a clear plan to cut congestion and get back in control on vital road infrastructure.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Eltham, Nick McGowan:

“Bridge Street and Sherbourne Road carry in excess of 14,000 cars a day and it is only increasing.

As I doorknock through Eltham and Eltham North, residents tell me how frustrating the traffic through Bridge Street and Sherbourne Rd is.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will fund this important upgrade to keep traffic flowing on Bridge Street in Eltham.”