Improving road safety along Warburton Hwy

Reading a Newspaper

Wednesday 13 April 2022

A Matthew Guy Liberals and Nationals Government will ensure much-needed safety upgrades are made to the Warburton Highway in Seville East, to allow a safer commute for residents and visitors.

The $5 million dollar commitment could include the installation of safe turning lanes, road widening and improve crossing points for pedestrians.

A community-led campaign, supported by emergency services first responders including Seville CFA and Yarra Ranges police, prompted VicRoads to conduct an investigation into the dangerous stretch of road, but it has since refused to release details. This is despite road trauma accidents and regular near-misses occurring between Peters and Douthie Roads.

The Andrews Labor Government has ignored the community’s wishes for safety upgrades along the dangerous section of the Warburton Highway, instead opting to drop the speed limit and installing plastic reflector poles.

Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy said the Liberals and Nationals would work with the local community and road safety experts to identify the best solutions for motorists and pedestrians.

“Instead of dropping the speed limit and putting up safety signs, a Liberals and Nationals government will actually fix the road,” Mr Guy said.

“Nobody knows local roads better than those who drive on them every day, and we look forward to having the relevant discussions to ensure the needs of residents are met.”

Member for Evelyn, Bridget Vallence has long advocated for the necessary safety upgrades.

“Together with the community, I’ve advocated for the last four years for this dangerous stretch of Warburton Highway to be fixed, but the Andrews Labor Government has refused to listen, Ms Vallence said.

“Residents, tourists and school children alike will benefit from these road safety upgrades and improved pedestrian crossings.”

“While Labor has neglected roads in the Yarra Valley, the Liberals and Nationals will deliver for the Seville and Seville East communities.”