11 October, 2016
I rise with a matter for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety. I ask him to install a pedestrian crossing on Springvale Road between Old Warrandyte Road and Mitcham Road in Donvale. This 1.5-kilometre section of road, which carries heavy traffic particularly during peak times, gives local residents no safe crossing to access the bus stops for public transport services to the city or to the local shops at the Tunstall Square shopping centre. Residents are forced to cross the road without even having a refuge island in the middle of the road. Even having a refuge island such as the one recently installed on Springvale Road near Serpells Terrace would be a better option than people attempting to run the gauntlet, as is now the case.
The section of road is in close proximity to the Eastern Freeway, which, as the minister is hopefully aware, is one of the busiest arterial roads in the state. This creates extra traffic in both morning and evening peak times, causing that additional unnecessary danger for the residents who need to cross the road. This includes the residents of the two aged-care facilities in the area as well as school students who use the buses. You would think that the minister would want to ensure the safety of these elderly residents and the local children.
I call on the minister to immediately instruct VicRoads to install a pedestrian crossing before this dangerous situation adds to the alarmingly high and rising road toll.