Coalition will build a better Thompsons Road (5.11.2014)

Written on the 5 November 2014

 

A re-elected Coalition Government will slash travel times and improve safety for motorists in the south-eastern suburbs with Premier Denis Napthine today committing to a major overhaul of Thompsons Road.

  •     Major upgrade of Thompsons Road, including two grade separations of Cranbourne rail line and Western Port Highway
  •     Project to create more than 300 jobs
  •     The Napthine Government building better roads
Dr Napthine outlined the Coalition Government’s $310 million re-election commitment to bust congestion on Thompsons Road, saying the project was a key component of his Government’s vision for building a better integrated transport network for Melbourne and Victoria.

 

The $310 million project includes:

  •        Removal of the Thompsons Road level crossing
  •        A grade separated interchange to replace the Western Port Highway roundabout
  •        6-lane upgrade between the Western Port Highway and South Gippsland Highway
  •        6-lane upgrade between McCormicks Road and Dandenong-Frankston Road
  •        4-lane duplication between McCormicks Road and the Western Highway
  •        300 new jobs in the local region

 

“Once the upgrade is complete, drivers using Thompsons Road will save up to 20 minutes as average speeds during peak hour will increase to 70 km/h from the current 20 km/h,” Dr Napthine said.

“The best way to address congestion and safety in the south-eastern suburbs is to have an integrated plan that focuses on both road and public transport investment at the same time.

“This is why a re-elected Coalition Government will undertake a major $310 million upgrade of Thompsons Road alongside our existing Dingley bypass project and our landmark Bayside rail and Cranbourne-Pakenham rail corridor upgrades.

“No matter where you travel or whether you choose to go by train or by car  – a re-elected Coalition Government will get you there faster and make your journey safer,” Dr Napthine said.

Member for Carrum Donna Bauer said the Coalition Government was the only party who actually understood the needs of the region.

“We are widening the road to six lanes in key sections because we understand that duplication is simply not enough for our growing region,” Ms Bauer said.

“Only the Coalition Government’s upgrade includes an overpass of the Western Port Highway.  The overpass is the most important component of the project in terms of removing congestion.

“Clearly, Labor still cannot be trusted to deliver the infrastructure we need for growth in the south-east,” Ms Bauer said.

Liberal candidate for Cranbourne Geoff Ablett said the Coalition Government was the only party who would fix Thompsons Road’s major bottlenecks.

“The roundabout at the intersection of Western Port Highway and Thompsons Road is one of the most congested and dangerous bottlenecks in the south-east,” Mr Ablett said.

“We will remove this roundabout and build a grade-separated interchange to help traffic flow freely and safely.”

The $310 million Thompsons Road upgrade will begin in mid-2016 under a re-elected Napthine Government.

 


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