Stuart says Hallam station has consistently rated poorly in RACV’s biennial On Track survey, scoring about five out of 10 since 2015 and scoring 5.04 in the latest, 2019 survey.
“We’ve found that when a station is revamped through the pipeline of works associated with the level-crossing removals people really appreciate it,” Stuart says, noting that stations at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Bentleigh and Ormond have won approval from commuters following works completed through the level-crossing removal program.
“Hallam station has been a poor performer in RACV’s On Track survey for a long time; giving a clear signal that it needs to be fixed,” Stuart says.
Stuart says RACV has also been a long-standing advocate of the need to improve Thompsons Road, given the road’s congestion problems which have been highlighted in RACV’s Redspot congestion survey for years.
The just completed Thompsons Road project includes a major upgrade at the intersection of Frankston-Dandenong Road and Thompsons Road in Carrum Downs, used by 58,000 motorists daily.
Work on this area included removing a roundabout, installing traffic lights and adding new lanes over five weeks.
“Delivering the backlog of infrastructure in Melbourne’s growth areas remains an important task,” says Stuart. “While we are happy to see this project completed, RACV will continue to monitor ways in which travel around the Thompsons Road area changes over the coming years to ensure people have genuine transport choice."