Posted on 10. May, 2012 in Speeches
Mr LIM (Clayton) — I wish to raise a matter for the attention of the Minister for Roads. The action I seek is that the minister kindly include in the VicRoads pedestrian crossing program my proposal for the installation of traffic lights on Centre Road at the corner of Bakers Road in Oakleigh South. Centre Road is a very busy arterial road that runs from Springvale to Brighton and is a major thoroughfare for motorists wishing to drive east to connect with Dandenong Road or west to connect with the Nepean Highway. In recent times traffic on this road has increased considerably, as it has on many arterial roads.
Pedestrian safety is a real concern for local residents but particularly for parents of teenage children who attend South Oakleigh Secondary College, which is located on Bakers Road, and arrive via bus from the east. The nearest bus stop is on the corner of Jacks and Centre roads, some distance from the Bakers and Centre roads intersection, and the students either cross at that point or walk up to the intersection of Bakers and Centre roads and cross there. Centre Road is extremely dangerous for pedestrians to cross, as this section of road between Jacks and Bakers roads has a rise and a speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour. There are no 40‑kilometre‑per‑hour variable flashing speed signs along this section of Centre Road at all. Also, many vehicles turn right into Bakers Road as the next street up, Cameron Avenue, is deemed a no‑right‑turn road due to this intersection being at the top of another rise in the road and too dangerous to enter. Many accidents occurred before the banning of right turns for vehicles travelling west.
Installing traffic lights would make crossing this busy road safer and reduce the chances of an accident involving a student. I call on the minister to seriously consider this proposal for inclusion in the VicRoads pedestrian crossing program for the sake of all the students at the secondary college.