Horne Street-Gap Road Funding – Members statement

Mr J. BULL (Sunbury) — On Thursday, 4 June, I had the privilege of welcoming the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, who is at the table, to my electorate to address a pressing matter that I had raised in the house. The minister announced that the Andrews Labor government has committed much-needed funding to find a solution to a growing traffic congestion problem at the roundabout at Horne Street and Gap Road in Sunbury. I was delighted to see the minister respond so quickly to address the concerns of my community. The intersection sits in the heart of Sunbury and, due to the nearby railway crossing, constantly experiences traffic congestion, especially in peak times.

Approximately 27 000 vehicles travel along Horne Street each day, while Gap Road west of Horne Street carries approximately 18 000 vehicles each day. With such a high volume of traffic, coupled with constant disruption from the nearby level crossing, the area is constantly gridlocked. This has become one of Sunbury’s top traffic problems. With Sunbury’s population projected to grow significantly over coming years, this matter needs to be addressed. I note the former government failed to act on this pressing matter in the last four years, doing nothing to address it. I commend the minister on his commitment to finding the best solution to this growing problem, and I welcome the outcome.