Many roads identified in RACV’s Growing Pains Report are being upgraded as part of a State Government plan announced today.
RACV is pleased with the State Government’s announcement of northern and south-eastern road upgrades, which complement those already announced in Melbourne’s west, soon to be under construction.
The backlog of road infrastructure upgrades needed to support Melbourne’s outer-suburban growth was a daily frustration for people living in the affected communities, as well as businesses operating there.
“In some of the outer suburbs, 95 per cent of people don’t work in central Melbourne. Their work commutes, as well as trips for education, recreation and shopping, are within the growth suburbs and to neighbouring council areas. That’s why a good arterial road network, cross-town buses and safe bicycle routes are important said Bryce Prosser, RACV’s General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs.
Upgrade features that RACV would like to see include sufficient traffic lanes for the expected growth, bus priority at intersections, separated bicycle lanes and footpaths. There must be safe places to cross these major transport corridors, at each bus stop.