27 January 2016
RACV has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to upgrade the bridge voted Melbourne’s worst and most frustrating congestion location in the most recent RACV Redspot survey.
Featuring in seven of the past eight RACV Redspot surveys and taking out the number one spot in 2014, Chandler Highway has been a source of frustration for motorists and bus passengers frequently caught up in long delays.
The Government has confirmed that Chandler Highway will be upgraded to six lanes, with a new bridge to the west of the existing railway bridge.
The historic 124-year-old Chandler Highway Bridge will be converted into a shared user path for cyclists and pedestrians as well as a shared community space.
General Manager Public Policy Brian Negus said that RACV welcomed this announcement which RACV has long campaigned for on behalf of its members and the broader community.
“It is exactly what is needed,” he said. “It maintains the historic bridge while catering for future growth. It will also give commuters greater flexibility as it will be easier to drive, ride a bike and catch public transport in the area.
“RACV members and the whole community have told us for many years that this is one of the worst congestion spots in Melbourne and we’re pleased that the government is taking these steps to improve it.”
RACV also welcomed the fast tracking of work to remove the Grange Road, Alphington level crossing in 2018 as part of the government’s plan to remove 50 level crossings over the next seven years to ease Melbourne’s congestion and improve public transport.
“It will complement the Chandler Highway upgrade and allow traffic to flow better in the whole area,” Mr Negus said.