Labor to fund pedestrian crossing for Ballan
Ballarat East MP Geoff Howard and Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC, Luke Donnellan MP were on hand in Ballan yesterday to make the announcement.“This commitment by Labor for a pedestrian crossing and lights will mean better road safety for Ballan, on a road which 3700 vehicles travel every day,” said Mr Howard.
He said that a number of residents have raised their concerns with him about the need for a crossing with lights which would be safer, especially for older community members, residents with disabilities as well as school students.
“Some suggest that the crossing should be near the Fiskin Street corner while others have suggested a crossing near the hospital” said Mr Howard
Mr Donnellan advised that, if elected in November an Andrews Labor government will work with Vic Roads and the Ballan community to develop the most appropriate placement and design.
As well as addressing pedestrian safety issues Labor is also committed to improving the condition of all country roads to ensure better driving conditions and improved road safety.
“The Liberal/National Government has sent mixed messages on road safety since it was elected. Denis Napthine’s Government ended funding to the school safety program which provided flashing variable speed zone lights to schools which needed them.
At the same time as increasing fees and fines for motorists, it has cut funding to roads maintenance on regional roads which are riddled with potholes and seriously neglected. In 2012, $100 million was cut from the roads management budget and it’s still well below previous levels in 2010 and 2011.”
“Labor is determined to improve regional roads through better and smarter spending decisions, to ensure regional motorists are no longer neglected like they are under Denis Napthine”
Labor is setting up a dedicated $1 billion regional roads fund, which is independent of traditional management funding in the budget and will ensure a guaranteed level of funding for regional roads.