Adjournment: Craigieburn Fire Station
Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (19:04:34) — (13 817) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is for the minister to investigate the installation of temporary traffic lights outside Craigieburn fire station to improve emergency responses. Craigieburn fire station is located on Craigieburn Road, a busy major arterial that travels through the heart of Craigieburn. Massive population growth has seen Craigieburn double in size over the last decade, and as such increased traffic has made it difficult for emergency services vehicles to exit and enter the station as quickly as they need to in order to protect lives and property. While the Andrews Labor government has been working on a long-term solution to Craigieburn Road, with a business case to consider duplication currently underway it would be greatly appreciated if the minister would investigate installing temporary traffic lights to provide support to our firefighters and our community.
VicRoads recently met with representatives of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to discuss its concerns. I understand that VicRoads advised the CFA that it will implement a temporary solution. This improvement will allow the CFA to wirelessly control the traffic lights located approximately 200 metres to the west at Bridgewater Road. This will reduce traffic queuing adjacent to the CFA and facilitate improved access to and from Craigieburn Road.
VicRoads will fund these works at a cost of approximately $30,000 and expects to complete the works in early 2018.
Hon Luke Donnellan MP
Minister for Roads and Road Safety