An Andrews Labor Government will invest $135.7 million to reduce local congestion and boost jobs in Melbourne’s booming northern suburbs.

Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, joined Labor Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny, and Labor Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, at O’Herns Rd in Epping North to announce Labor’s plan.

Labor will contribute $40.7 million toward a new ‘diamond’ interchange connecting O’Herns Rd with the Hume Fwy in Epping, and duplicate a 1.4km section of O’Herns Rd east of the new interchange.

The interchange will significantly relieve local congestion in one of Melbourne’s fastest growing suburbs and become a cornerstone of the Epping employment precinct, which is expected to contribute $91 million a year in economic benefits.

Labor will also invest $95 million to duplicate the notorious 3.9km stretch of Yan Yean Rd in Plenty, between Diamond Creek Rd and Kurrak Rd.

Yan Yean Rd is an important link in the outer northern suburbs, servicing a corridor of increasing residential development, but the current, two-lane undivided road is dangerous and congested.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“The Liberal Government hasn’t kept up with the growth.”

“These postcodes deserve safe and reliable roads that get them to work on time and get them home in one piece.”

“No more congestion headaches – Labor’s plan will ease the pressure on the roads and boost local jobs.”

“We’re building Mernda Rail and we’re fixing local roads because Danielle Green has been on the case. She’s the voice this area needs.”

Key Facts

• Labor will seek Commonwealth Government support toward the O’Herns Rd diamond interchange given its national significance, and a contribution from the City of Whittlesea for the duplication of O’Herns Rd.
• Labor’s $16.3 million investment in the O’Herns Rd interchange represents a one-third contribution on behalf of the State, with $24.4 million allocated for the road’s duplication.
• In government, Labor will work with councils on the appropriate timing and implementation of a declaration of the remainder of the road, north of Kurrak Rd.

Published on November 17, 2014