Major roads funding also needed for City of Melton
Published on 05 September 2022
Melton City Council is calling on all major parties to invest in a roads package for the City of Melton following the State and Federal governments jointly announcing $114 million to improve the Princes Freeway and complete the Ison Road Rail Overpass near Werribee yesterday.
“Almost $5 billion has been invested in major roads in other growing suburbs in recent years, but the City of Melton continues to miss out on what we need to keep our residents moving,” City of Melton Mayor Cr Goran Kesic said.
“We’re already at capacity and our population is going to more than double by 2050. The City of Melton is one of the fastest growing areas in the country.”
According to City of Melton figures, the Western Highway is expected to have as many as 77,000 daily users – over twice the number expected on the Ison Road Rail Overpass.
“Council welcomes the investment in Wyndham which is no doubt needed, and it is wonderful to see more road investment for the west. But the City of Melton also has urgent needs and I look forward to similar announcements being made by all major parties for critical road investment in the City of Melton.
“Years of underinvestment by successive State and Federal governments, has led to aged, congested roads putting road users' safety at risk every day.”
Melton City Council is calling on all major parties to commit to invest in six arterial roads through its Fix Our Roads campaign: Western Highway, Melton Highway, Christies Road, Hopkins Road, Calder Park interchange and the Robinsons Road, Westwood Drive and Calder Park Drive Corridor.
“We need timebound funding commitments to upgrade our major roads with safer interchanges, more lanes at chokepoints and overpasses and pedestrian crossings.
“If nothing is done, the disadvantage gap between residents in the west and those in the inner city will continue to grow with limited access to jobs and education.”
Find out more about the roads investment urgently needed in the City of Melton at fixourroads.com.au