23 June 2021 – Mr ONDARCHIE – Adjournment – My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure. Craigieburn residents are concerned about traffic and congestion—the time to get home and the time to get to work. My office has recently conducted a traffic survey in Craigieburn, and I am very grateful to all those residents who responded to that survey. We were inundated with replies from residents who are frustrated with traffic on Craigieburn Road, on Mickleham Road and on Aitken Boulevard. Every morning residents experience choked roads and frustration as the traffic is banked up, and quite frankly they have just had enough.
According to the latest census data 67.7 per cent of Craigieburn residents use their car to get to work. In 2018—two years ago—these drivers were promised that Craigieburn Road would be duplicated and that construction would begin in 2020. Nothing has happened so far. Understandably they are very frustrated. These residents, because of delays, are angry, and despite their pleas they are not being listened to. The action I seek from the minister is to advise me, so I can advise my residents and constituents of the Craigieburn area: when will the Craigieburn Road duplication begin? And will it really be a 2025 completion date as has been outlined, seven years after it was promised?