Adjournment: Ferguson Street, Williamstown

Mr NOONAN (Williamstown) (19:18:26) — (14 207) My adjournment matter is also for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, who in fact has become quite a frequent visitor to the Williamstown electorate, especially to mark the various milestones of the West Gate tunnel project.

The action I seek from the minister tonight is that he requests VicRoads assess whether the sequencing of the multiple traffic signals on Ferguson Street at the Williamstown North level crossing can be altered to ease the level of traffic congestion around the various intersections. I make this request in the full knowledge that this level crossing is among the 20 most dangerous level crossings in Melbourne and is in fact listed to be removed by the Andrews Labor government by 2022. Planning for the removal of this crossing is still at the very early stages, hence my request for some potential interim relief in terms of road congestion.

For the minister’s benefit, the road network in and around this crossing is in fact very complex. There are multiple local roads merging into main roads, with a number of roundabouts all split by the Williamstown rail corridor and the crossing on Ferguson Street. In order to maintain the safe movement of traffic and pedestrians, a number of traffic lights were installed around the local road junctions in 2011. These lights are all sequenced with the railway signals. From a safety point of view, this appears to be a very sensible design, but the practical effect is that all traffic comes to a standstill in every direction when the lights go red together.

I know that there have been a number of reviews and in fact some tweaks since the lights were installed, but given it has been a number of years since the last review, I think it is probably time for another assessment to be done. Anything that can be done to free up some congestion around the crossing until it is removed would be extremely welcomed by the community.