DELIVERING THE THOMPSONS ROAD DUPLICATION – GETTING IT DONE
The Andrews Labor Government is fixing one of the most notorious and congested roads in Melbourne’s South-East, with $154.5 million to upgrade Thompsons Road.
Included in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, Thompsons Road will see two lanes in each direction between Dandenong‐Frankston Road and Evans Road, and between Narre Warren‐Cranbourne Road and Berwick‐Cranbourne Road.
The project will also include replacing the existing roundabout at the Thompsons Road and Western Port Highway intersection with traffic lights, to reduce travel delays by ten minutes.
Pedestrians will benefit too, with ten kilometres of path to be constructed along Thompsons Road, with connections to public transport and local shops.
As the South-East grows so does congestion, and this upgrade will improve travel times and safety for the 26,000 motorists that rely on this road each day.
The Labor Government provided $20.5 million to progress planning and community consultation in last year’s budget.
In November 2015, an additional $79.4 million was announced to remove the Thompsons Road rail level crossing.
This includes duplicating Thompsons Road between Marriot Boulevard and South Gippsland Highway as stage one of the total upgrade.
Construction will begin on the first stage of the Thompsons Road upgrade, including the level crossing removal before the end of the year, with works on the remaining sections to be underway in early 2017.
Quotes attributable to Member for Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley
“It is a key arterial road for our local community and it is urgently in need of duplication to reduce the ever worsening congestion and lengthy delays local residents face each and every day.”
“The local community and I ran a long and hard campaign to secure this much needed upgrade to Thompsons Road and I’m just so pleased to see everyone’s wonderful efforts rewarded. It will make it that much easier for local residents to get to work, school or back home.”
“For too long local residents have found themselves stuck in traffic or witnesses to yet another avoidable accident. They will now be able to spend less time on the road and more time with their families.”
“New lanes will reduce rat running by motorists around side streets and residential estates, making our entire community safer.”