Identify a RACV redspot in Casey: Issued 5 June 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 5 June 2012
The City of Casey is inviting residents to assist with Council’s transport advocacy campaign by nominating a transport redspot in Casey in the RACV’s Redspot Survey.
A redspot is a location on the road or public transport network with unnecessary or excessive congestion that potentially makes road uses ‘see red’. Redspots may be an intersection, part of a road or railway crossing.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said ‘The RACV’s Redspot Survey provides a snapshot of Victoria’s most frustrating congestion hotspots. In their last survey in 2010, more than 8,000 motorists and public transport users provided feedback on over 3,000 redspot sites across the State.
‘Feedback gathered from the Redspot Survey will be used by the RACV to lobby the State Government for funding and improvements to redspot areas. Council also uses the information to assist in prioritising works on its own roads’.
The Harkaway Road/Ernst Wanke Road intersection which is under Council’s control; was identified in the 2010 Redspot Survey. Council has programmed the installation of a new roundabout at this intersection at an estimated cost of $800,000 through joint funding under a Federal Blackspot Program Grant. The works are expected to be completed in the 2012-2013 financial year.
City of Casey Manager Transport Paul Hamilton said ‘Casey faces numerous transport challenges, including the need to ensure that arterial roads, the responsibility of the Victorian Government through VicRoads, keep pace with the municipality’s increasing population, which continues to grow by nearly 180 people each week.
‘The improvement of State roads is Council’s number one advocacy priority, reflecting the importance placed on this issue by both Council and the community.
‘The intersection of Western Port Highway/Thompsons Road and also the Monash Freeway/South Gippsland Freeway merge are two redspots on the State arterial network that Council has identified as high priorities. Council’s other arterial road priorities can be found on Council’s website at www.casey.vic.gov.au/advocacy.
‘In the past 30 years, the City of Casey has transformed from a rural area to a thriving municipality with a population of more than 253,000 people and the arterial roads have not kept pace with the rapid development’, said Mr Hamilton.
‘I encourage all residents to nominate the area they believe requires urgent action in this year’s Redspot Survey’, added Cr Aziz.
Nominate a redspot in Casey by visiting www.redspotsurvey.com.au by Friday 6 July 2012.