The Andrews Labor Government has begun work on the long awaited and much needed duplication of Thompsons Road, between East Link and Clyde Road in Cranbourne.

The Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan and State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley today announced that $500,000 will be fast tracked so planning can start immediately.

The upgrade is a key election commitment that will improve road safety and ease congestion on this important arterial road. Currently, Thompsons Road carries 24,000 vehicles each day and by 2030 up to 60,000 vehicles are expected to use the road daily.

The planning will involve detailed environmental studies, traffic modelling and further consideration of the level crossing removal. Planning for the Thompsons Road duplication is expected to be complete within 12 months.

In the coming months, local residents will have the opportunity to comment on proposed concept designs and attend consultation and information sessions.

Ms Graley said that the Andrews Labor Government was committed to delivering on this election commitment for local residents who were sick and tired of finding themselves stuck in traffic on this heavily congested road.

“Our community relies upon this road, local families and businesses use it each and every day yet the previous government refused to take action, refused to tackle the ever worsening congestion and lengthy travel times,”

“For four long years our community and our roads were neglected by an uncaring and lazy Liberal Government,”

“The local community and I campaigned for this upgrade, we called for action and the Andrews Labor Government has listened and is already delivering for the local community,”

“This upgrade will make a significant difference in the lives of many local residents and I can assure them that we won’t waste a single second, we will get on with the job of upgrading our local roads and making them safer.”