May 6, 2015

Centreway promise finally a reality with $410,000 from the Andrews Labor Government

 

The Andrews Labor Government has fulfilled a long-held promise in the electorate of Niddrie today with $410,000 of funding in its first Budget to create a pedestrian crossing on Milleara Road, Keilor East near the Centreway Pedestrian Crossing.

 

Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll has been fighting for the pedestrian crossing since he was first elected in 2012, taking over a community campaign from the previous member, Rob Hulls.

 

The new crossing, between Centreway and Tuppal Place, will boost safety and improve access to the shopping precinct, medical centre and recreational area on the eastern side of Milleara Rd.

 

“Residents are forced to choose either a long detour or a dangerous jaywalk through traffic to cross Milleara Road.” Mr Carroll told the Victorian Parliament in October 2014.

 

“The situation is made worse by the high number of elderly residents who live in this area and for whom crossing four lanes of traffic is a major concern.”

 

The project will create a more pedestrian friendly area, and promote walking as a safe, easy and healthy means to move around the community.

 

“By improving safety for pedestrians, we’re also encouraging walking as a safe, easy and healthy way to move around the community.” Mr Carroll said.

 

Mr Carroll was pleased to see the Centreway Pedestrian Crossing in the Labor Government’s first Budget after many years of campaigning on the issue.

 

“This new crossing will make life easier and safer for local pedestrians. I’m glad to see the Andrews Labor Government getting on with the job and fixing this dangerous situation.”