Media Release

30 October 2018

Hodgett: Cutting traffic congestion in Box Hill and Blackburn

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Cutting traffic congestion in Box Hill and Blackburn

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 Box Hill and Blackburn.

As part of a $750,000 package, traffic signals will be optimised along main roads such as Whitehorse Road, Elgar Road, Middleborough Road and Canterbury Road 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 intersections of Whitehorse Road/Springvale Road, and Canterbury Road/Middleborough Road have been identified by the Leader News & RACV’s Redspot Congestion Surveys as the most congested intersections in the Whitehorse area.

The funding will allow VicRoads to review traffic along main roads, 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 cut congestion at clogged intersections, such as:

  • Station Street/Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
  • Elgar Road/Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
  • Canterbury Road/Middleborough Road, Blackburn

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, including the intersection of Whitehorse Road/Springvale Road in Nunawading.

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 major roads east-west and north-south roads.

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