Media Release

30 October 2018

Hodgett: Cutting traffic congestion in Balwyn and Surrey Hills

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Cutting traffic congestion in Balwyn and Surrey Hills

Daniel Andrews has lost control of congestion and failed to get ahead of vital road infrastructure to stop our local suburbs choking with traffic.

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will take action to cut congestion and improve traffic flow and safety in Balwyn and Surrey Hills.

As part of a $750,000 package, traffic signals will be optimised along main roads to make traffic flow more efficiently.

Whitehorse Road carries close to 40,000 vehicles a day, and Canterbury Road carries approximately 30,000 vehicles a day.

The intersection of Union Road/Canterbury Road has been identified by the Leader News & RACV’s Redspot Congestion Surveys as one of the most congested intersections in Boroondara.

The funding will allow VicRoads to review traffic along roads including Whitehorse Road, Union Road and Canterbury Road, optimise the traffic signals and install improvements identified such as fully controlled right-turn arrows, new line-marking and enhanced signage, to improve traffic flow and safety and congestion at clogged intersections such as:

  • Balwyn Road/Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
  • Union Road/Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills

This initiative builds on the Liberal Nationals’ commitment to build East West Link, a North East Link and to remove 55 dangerous and congested intersections across Melbourne and Geelong.

Only the Liberal Nationals will get back in control of population growth and road infrastructure to get people out of traffic and at home with their families.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads and Infrastructure, David Hodgett:

“Many of our intersections have seen little change since the 1990s, so it’s time to upgrade them for 2018 and beyond.

Only a Liberal Nationals Government will get back in control of population growth and get Victoria moving.”

Comments attributable to Member for Box Hill, Robert Clark:

“Motorists are sick of being stuck in traffic, and want action taken to cut congestion and improve traffic flow and safety on main roads such as Whitehorse Road, Canterbury Road and Union Road.

With ever increasing congestion across Balwyn and Surrey Hills, we need a government that’s focused on getting the basics right, and that includes improving our local roads.”