Vicroads reply on safety concerns at Koornang Road, Scoresby

UPDATED: EXTRACT FROM PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES HANSARD

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

CONSTITUENCY QUESTIONS

Mr WELLS (Rowville) — (Question 3694) The constituency question I ask is for the attention of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety on behalf of concerned local residents and business owners, including a childcare centre, in Scoresby, which is within my electorate. Local residents have raised serious concerns regarding the safety of the intersection at Koornang and Ferntree Gully roads, Scoresby.

Recently there have been a series of concerning incidents at the intersection, including one accident on 20 August, in which a vehicle span out of control and collided with the front fence of a property. Earlier this year an elderly driver received serious injuries when a car turning right out of Koornang Road collided with the car in which she was a passenger. Given the number of recently reported accidents at Koornang Road, I ask the minister: why has VicRoads not taken action to fix this dangerous intersection?

Answer Published Date:  09/02/2016

VicRoads’ recent inspection of this site during the afternoon peak period found that motorists waiting to turn out of Koornang Road have a clear view of traffic travelling in both directions along Ferntree Gully Road. Vehicles turning right out of Koornang Road were able to find sufficient gaps in the traffic, particularly when traffic on Ferntree Gully Road was temporarily halted at the nearby traffic signals at Stud Road. The configuration of the intersection is in accordance with the relevant design guidelines and is similar to many other intersections across Melbourne where motorists turn right from a major industrial estate onto a major access road. VicRoads considers the intersection to be operating safely at the time of the inspection for all road users. However, VicRoads will continue to monitor the safety at this location.

Hon Luke Donnellan MP Minister for Roads and Road Safety