Tuesday, 6th Feb
Mr WELLS (Rowville) (14:50:25) — (13 398) The question I wish to raise is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. Minister, can you explain how a level crossing removal at Noble Park will have any positive benefit for local traffic congestion almost 10 kilometres away from the corner of Stud and Wellington roads in Rowville? Late last year, I asked you a constituency question about VicRoads’ plans for accommodating extra local traffic from the 800-household development at Kingston Links, on the corner of Stud and Wellington roads. I was very surprised to read in your reply that the level crossings removal program would assist traffic congestion. I had explained that Rowville drivers struggle to reach major roads, such as EastLink and the Monash Freeway, due to heavy local traffic. City-bound commuters on EastLink and the Monash Freeway completely bypass the nearest level crossing removal at Noble Park. Your reply contained no information from VicRoads about Kingston Links. I am even more disappointed that you did not take the time to read my question and take it seriously enough to provide even this level of detail to Knox residents.