Wednesday 31 October 2018
Liberal Nationals will get the Kilmore Bypass back on track
An elected Liberal-Nationals Government will build the long-awaited Kilmore Bypass.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan were in Kilmore today to announce a Liberal Nationals Government will get the bypass back on track if elected in November.
More than 1600 trucks travel through the heart of Kilmore each day; coupled with strong population growth, it means there’s more and more pressure on key road infrastructure – particularly along the Northern Highway.
Under Daniel Andrews, the Kilmore bypass was pushed off into the never-never, with Labor only throwing more planning money into a project that was shovel ready when it came to government.
The former Liberal Nationals Government undertook careful and considerate planning for the project, including funding construction of the new roundabout at Broadford-Kilmore Road.
Labor’s four years of delays has seen traffic congestion rise, bringing down liveability of Kilmore.
If elected, we’ll build the bypass around Kilmore on the western route which was designed in consultation with the Kilmore community in 2014.
The bypass will be built from the roundabout at Broadford-Kilmore Rd around the west of the town and will connect back to the Northern Hwy south of Kilmore.
Land acquisition will take place over the next two years, with $20 million already allocated for this, while construction will start from 2021-22. Only a Liberal Nationals Government will deliver this $162.6 million project.
Our plan to get trucks out of town will revitalise the heart of Kilmore, improving safety for pedestrians and local traffic and encouraging people to stop and enjoy Kilmore’s rich history.
It also means new opportunities for local traders to expand out onto the street, creating a vibrant atmosphere, improving the liveability of Kilmore and attracting more people to live, work and raise a family in regional Victoria.
As part of the project, investigations will also be carried out to identify complementary road enhancements around Wallan and Puckapunyal to divert trucks away from residential areas in northern Victoria.
Comment attributable to Leader of the Liberal Party, Matthew Guy:
“Daniel Andrews was happy to play politics before the election but failed to deliver a project that was shovel ready when they were elected to government.
We’ll build the Kilmore Bypass and look into further options to divert truck traffic away from residential areas around Kilmore and Wallan to make these towns more liveable, and attract more people to live, work and raise a family in regional Victoria.
Daniel Andrews is just a Premier for Melbourne. I will be a Premier for all Victorians.
Only the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of population growth by building the infrastructure growing communities in Regional Victoria need.”
Comment attributable to Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan:
“Construction should have been well and truly underway by now but work has ground to a halt since Labor came to government.
I’m so proud to be announcing today a Liberal Nationals Government will get the bypass back on track because I know how hard the community has fought to see this bypass delivered.
This bypass will get trucks and highway traffic off our main street, making it safer for local traffic and pedestrians and improve liveability, encouraging more people to visit and live in the region.
Only a Liberal Nationals Government will get the Kilmore Bypass back on track so we can finally get trucks off Sydney Street.”