Another accident at Pound and Shrives Roads

The Baillieu Government must invest in a safety upgrade of the Pound and Shrives Roads intersection in Hampton Park, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

“The intersection was once again the site of an accident last Friday, causing further delays for already frustrated residents,” she said

“I am regularly contacted by local residents in nearby estates who have significant difficulty getting into and out of their neighborhoods,”

“The lengthy waits frustrate motorists and can often contribute to dangerous driving which has resulted in a number of avoidable accidents.”

Casey Councillor Wayne Smith said that the intersection has been of concern to him and local residents for many years.

“Minor traffic treatments have not worked,” he said

“The only solution is traffic signals and they are needed now.”

Ms Graley said that between 2004 and 2009 there were 23 casualty crashes recorded at this intersection, including eight serious injury crashes.

“Accidents have become a regular occurrence at this intersection and concerned local residents deserve to know what is being done to address the situation,” she said

“I have raised the matter in Parliament and written to the Minister for Roads on numerous occasions, however his responses have been disappointing,”

“The previous Labor Government invested $500 million on our local roads, yet in last year’s budget the Baillieu Government did not allocate a single cent to road upgrades in Casey,”

“It’s time the Baillieu Government finally listened to local residents and fixed the problem.”