16 May 2023, 13:42
Victorian Legislative Council, Melbourne
Rachel PAYNE (South-Eastern Metropolitan):
My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ms Horne. My constituent is a Noble Park resident who has been part of a decade-long campaign for a road safety upgrade at the Heatherton Road and Douglas Street roundabout outside of the Noble Park activity centre. Despite designs being drawn up in 2010 for a roundabout to be replaced by crossing signals, my constituent has not seen any upgrades or funding committed to improve this busy stretch of road. The government’s 2018 level crossing removal project in Noble Park increased the number of pedestrians and cyclists accessing the activity centre, and after some near misses pedestrians fear that an upgrade is more vital than ever. So my constituent asks: when will we see crossing signals replace the Heatherton Road roundabout in Noble Park?
Received: 23 May 2023
Hon Melissa Horne MP
(Minister for Casino, Gaming and Liquor Regulation, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Minister for Ports and Freight)
The Department of Transport and Planning (DTP) regularly receives many requests for improvements across the state’s transport network. These are considered based on various factors, including the extent to which a solution would improve safety or congestion, the number of road users travelling along the road, the need to cater for vulnerable road users, historical safety records, the impact that treating the intersection would have on the performance of the surrounding road network, and implementation costs.
The concerns raised and suggestions made are appreciated. I have asked the Department of Transport and Planning to continue to monitor the network to identify the need for any investigations or improvements for consideration in a future program in a state-wide context.