Pound and Shrives Roads Intersection

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South)–Unsurprisingly the Baillieu government has
once again failed to commit to improving safety at the intersection of Pound
and Shrives roads in Hampton Park. In response to my adjournment request on
this very important issue the Minister for Roads has advised that improvements
to this intersection are unlikely to be implemented in the short term.

I continue to be contacted by frustrated local residents requesting that
traffic lights be installed at this intersection. Rarely does a week go by that
I am not informed by a local resident of yet another avoidable accident. Such
has community concern over this intersection grown that the City of Casey has
written to me requesting my assistance in advocating for a funding commitment
to improve this intersection.

The City of Casey is seeking immediate safety improvements to this
intersection, including the reduction of the speed limit through the
intersection and the installation of advanced warning signage and traffic
signals.

The council has written to the minister and VicRoads requesting funding
for these safety improvements, yet I fear it will be confronted with further
dithering and excuses.

I ask the minister why this intersection is not a priority and how the level crossing in New Street, Brighton, which is number 223 on the level crossing priority list, receives funding while this notoriously congested and dangerous intersection continues to be ignored?

This is a government that plainly does not care about the people of
Hampton Park and Narre Warren South. I call on the minister and this government
to stop their dithering, stop making excuses and fix the problem.