Traffic lights, at last

HUME residents are “overjoyed” to learn that six major intersections will receive $4 million funding for safety upgrades.
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The intersections have a history of casualty crashes and in some cases fatalities.

The funding is provided by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) through the Safer Roads Infrastructure Program and is delivered by VicRoads.

Funding of $620,000 will go to installing traffic signals at the Somerton Road and Magnolia Boulevard intersection – which residents, Hume Council and local MPs have lobbied hard for.

VicRoads has recorded five casualty crashes at the intersection, including a fatality in 2010.

Meadow Heights resident Abbey Rudd, who started a Facebook page called ‘State Government, Fix Somerton rd, Magnolia blvd and Kirkham Dve’, said it was the best news she had heard in a long time.

“I’m over the moon; a lot of people have put in hard work to get this to happen,” she said.

“I’m glad VicRoads has stepped up and the TAC agreed to funding. It can’t go on any longer like this. It’s getting worse; someone else is going to get killed.”

Mayor Ros Spence has lobbied to have the intersection fixed since she started on the council.

“It’s been a problem for many years,” she said.

“It was one of the first issues I raised as a councillor.

I advocated strongly and I’m very pleased that something is finally being done. It’s long overdue.”

Work at the intersection will include the addition of a skid-resistance overlay and an upgrade of the lighting.

Other intersections to receive funding are Craigieburn Road and Bridgewater Road, Hume Highway and Barry Road, Sunbury-Riddells Creek Road and Dalrymple Road, Pascoe Vale Road and Dimboola Road, and Hume Highway and Somerton Road/Cooper Street.

Works will being early next year.