See the report in the Heidelberg Leader:
Drivers see red at lights
Rosanna Rd identified as a top traffic gripe
IT’S official. Heidelberg’s most notorious cluster of intersections has been voted Victoria’s second worst traffic nightmare for drivers.
The painful wait at numerous sets of traffic lights to turn off and on to Rosanna Rd has drivers tearing their hair out, according to the RACV Redspot Survey.
Voters have been furious at the Rosanna and Lower Heidelberg roads; and Dora, Jika and Banksia streets intersections for years, rating the trouble spots in the top 10 on the biannual survey since 2010.
Banyule Mayor Craig Langdon said the fact that Heidelberg’s intersections rated second in the survey showed something needed to be done.
“That it was voted second in all of Victoria speaks volumes about how out of control it is,” Cr Langdon said. “Long-term planning can’t be done overnight, but what do we do overnight to fix these intersections? We need action in one or two years.”
Community lobby group Resolve Rosanna Road’s Natasha Reifschneider said the numerous issues highlighted by the Redspot Survey was a justification for the North East Link.
“This public response demonstrates the need for it to be dealt with as a matter of urgency,” Ms Reifschneider said.
The results come six months after transport industry bodies called on the State and Federal governments to immediately fix the “missing link” between Greensborough and Ringwood.
Heidelberg Leader has long campaigned about safety concerns along Rosanna and Banyule roads, both being used to link the Eastern Freeway and the Greensborough Highway.
RACV public policy general manager Brian Negus said it had long proposed the North East Link as its No. 1 road project and needed a commitment now from the state government to get on with the detailed planning.
State Government Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said Infrastructure Victoria was developing a 30-year plan for Victoria’s infrastructure priorities, and in the meantime the State Government was improving congestion and public transport in Melbourne’s north-east.