Last chance to tell Baillieu – Upgrade Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road

The Baillieu Government must fund the Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road duplication in the 2012 State Budget, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley used the last parliamentary sitting week before the budget is handed down to once again call on the State Government to fund the duplication of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, from Pound Road to Thompsons Road.

“The current state of Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road is causing frustration and lengthy delays for motorists,” she said

“It is also affecting local small businesses and the local economy,”

“I have been informed that at the beginning of this year the owners of Casey Central shopping centre advised tenants that the expansion of the shopping centre would not proceed until Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road is duplicated,”

“As a result tenants are being offered short-term leases, which impacts on their ability to grow their business and employ more people in the local area.”

Ms Graley said the Baillieu Government’s transport priorities were wrong.

“While the Baillieu Government is doing everything possible to avoid upgrading Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road, which carries 28,000 vehicles per day, it is grade separating the level crossing at New Street Brighton, used by only 300 cars per day,”

“And while Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road is Casey Council’s highest priority, New Street in Brighton is number 223 on the level crossing priority list, yet the Baillieu Government is looking after its Brighton mates first.”

Ms Graley encouraged Casey residents who want Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road upgraded to contact her office on 9704 6055.