Light shed on hazardous corner in Craigieburn

Danger zone: Denis Moore (far left), with residents at the problematic intersection. Picture: Scott McNaughtonCRAIGIEBURN residents who have long campaigned to have a dangerous intersection upgraded are being buoyed by Hume Council joining its push.
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At a meeting last week, Cr Drew Jessop moved a motion, passed by the councillors, to write to Roads Minister Terry Mulder calling for urgent funding for traffic lights at the Craigieburn and Hanson roads intersection.

In the five years to December last year, VicRoads recorded three casualty crashes at the intersection. Residents say there have been more unreported crashes.

Craigieburn Residents Association vice-president Denis Moore said the community had been lobbying for four years for traffic lights, with no luck.

He said the town’s growing population had contributed to problems.

“I’ve lived here for 33 years and the intersection has probably only been a problem in the last four years because we had a population of 20,000 that’s grown to 38,000.

“Drivers are inexperienced, in a hurry, and are young and that’s what causes the danger.

“First thing in the morning it’s not too bad, but when you’re coming into the intersection at night, it’s totally dangerous and it’s going to kill someone.”

Mr Moore said residents wanted the problem fixed before there was a fatality.

The residents have taken to social media, creating a Facebook page called ‘Upgrade Hanson Road and Craigieburn Road intersection now’.

Craigieburn Sergeant Dale Wesselman said police would welcome any upgrades.

However, VicRoads regional director (metro north-west) Patricia Liew said two of the three crashes were ‘rear-end’ collisions between vehicles.

“These are unlikely to be addressed by the provision of traffic signals.”