Future of Kilmore Wallan bypass under a cloud

09 February 2015

Deputy Leader of The Nationals and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews Labor Government to clarify its position on the Kilmore Wallan bypass.

“Labor has left the community completely and utterly in the dark as to what it plans to do about the bypass,” Ms Ryan said.

“I have sought clarification from Roads Minister Luke Donnellan about whether the government intends to go ahead with the project and, if so, which route it will take.”

Ms Ryan said the former Coalition Government was waiting on recommendations from the Kilmore Wallan Bypass Inquiry and Advisory Committee panel before deciding on a route.

“I understand that the advice from the panel was received by government during caretaker mode which means Dan Andrews now has all of the information that he needs to make a decision on this project.

“I have spoken with many people since the election who are understandably concerned by the lack of certainty. It is having adverse impacts particularly for those who want to sell or purchase land in the area,” Ms Ryan said.

Ms Ryan said she was concerned Labor’s blind ideology against road projects before the election would see the project scrapped.

“The money that Labor is likely to pay in compensation for the East West Link could build the bypass many times over,” Ms Ryan said.

“Dan Andrews says he wants to invest more money in rail but none of that funding is coming to Kilmore. Meanwhile, the Kilmore Wallan bypass has stalled.”

Ms Ryan said the Northern Highway at Kilmore would continue to present serious safety issues until traffic was reduced.

“There are more than 13,800 traffic movements on the Northern Hwy at Kilmore each day, including 500 semi or B-double trucks.

“Traffic volumes will only increase as the region’s population grows.

“I hold serious concerns about the safety of Sydney St and I urge the government to use the information at their disposal to come to a resolution,” Ms Ryan said.

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