Call for safety upgrade at dangerous intersection

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 has said today.

“The intersection is regularly the site of long waits in traffic as people seek to turn safely so they can get home, to school, to the shops and to other facilities,” she said

“Local residents in nearby estates regularly contact me about having difficulty getting into and out of their neighbourhoods,”

“The lengthy wait often contributes to dangerous driving, with aghast onlookers reporting the risky behaviour of some drivers,”

“The intersection has been the site of many accidents.”

Ms Graley said that she had raised the matter in Parliament with the Minister for Roads in March last year, however his response was inadequate.

“I have now written to the Minister asking that he considers a safety upgrade of the intersection, giving the Baillieu Government a second chance to act on the community’s safety concerns,” she said

“In last year’s budget, the Baillieu Government did not allocate a single dollar to road upgrades in Casey, which is in stark contrast to the $500 million invested by the former Labor Government in our local roads,”

“Our community can only hope that Casey is not forgotten by the Baillieu Government again in 2012.”