Council welcomes $2 million Green Gully Road safety upgrade

Brimbank Council has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of works commencing on a $2 million upgrade to improve the Green Gully Road/Arundel Road and Calder Freeway interchange at Keilor.

Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou welcomed the news and said local residents and the thousands of drivers who rely on the Calder Freeway will benefit from the much-needed safety improvements.

‘The upgrade will help improve safety on Green Gully Road and Arundel Road, and improve access between the road and neighbouring areas.

‘We are pleased that the State Government has committed to introducing the safety measures, which will make a real difference to improving traffic flow for motorists.

‘This is great news for Brimbank and something that Council has repeatedly been advocating for since 2017.

‘Council would like to acknowledge and thank the local Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll, for his dedicated work and ongoing advocacy around securing this important investment and road safety improvement.

‘As the newly appointed Minister for Public Transport, Roads and Road Safety, we also look forward to working with Minister Carroll to explore further funding opportunities for local transport upgrades.

‘For some time, Council has called on State and Federal governments to invest in the Calder Freeway corridor to improve safety, reduce congestion, and cater for population and freight growth in the west.

‘Road users will now look forward to the improved safety measures being completed later this year, making the road connection safer for everyone travelling in the area,’ Cr Papafotiou said.

The upgrade will include new traffic lights at the intersection, road resurfacing and additional street lighting to improve safety for all drivers. 

The project has been funded as part of the State Government’s Towards Zero Strategy and Action Plan, a $1.4 billion investment in road safety infrastructure, technology, education and enforcement.

This announcement comes on top of the $50 million commitment by the Federal Government announced in the 2019 Federal Budget, for improvements along the Calder Freeway corridor.

Council continues to advocate to ensure this money addresses key concerns – including the need for a full diamond interchange at the intersection of the Calder Freeway and Calder Park Drive; and upgrading the Calder Freeway between the Western Ring Road and the Melton Highway.

The Calder Freeway is a key link in the National Land Transport Network that connects Melbourne with the regional centre of Bendigo, and beyond to north-west regional Victoria. We need State and Federal governments to continue investing to lift this crucial piece of infrastructure so it can continue to meet growing transport demand across the region.

In February 2020, Council wrote to State Roads Minister, Jaala Pulford, advocating for investment to improve the Calder Freeway corridor, and has continued to advocate for funding through the Transforming Brimbank 2020 Agenda, including for an Integrated Transport Strategy for Melbourne’s West.

Along with the Sunshine Super Hub and Melbourne Airport Rail Link, these vital road transport investments will help continue to solidify Brimbank as the capital of Melbourne’s west, stimulate regional economic growth, create jobs and help us deliver community and social outcomes.

Council looks forward to working with the State Government in helping deliver this $2 million Green Gully Road Safety Upgrade Project, and to securing further investment in local transport and community projects that will help Brimbank begin to recover and rebuild in response to COVID-19.