MEDIA RELEASE

19 June 2020

 

Tim Quilty says three options for Rutherglen's truck woes are all a compromise

Liberal Democrats Member for Northern Victoria Tim Quilty says he is keen to push for a Rutherglen bypass after receiving confirmation there are still just three options officially on the table.

Mr Quilty has been chasing Roads Minister Jaala Pulford for answers during lockdown and has now been given an update.

“I have received an email from a Department of Transport director which states the three options: keeping vehicles on Main Street but making safety improvements; using the Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) preferred route of Federation Way, Douglas, Reid and Scott Street; and diverting vehicles north along Federation Way to Up River Road and Gooramadda Road,” Mr Quilty said.

“I understand that lockdown has made working lives more challenging and so I am glad to know what point we are restarting investigations from.

“After being grounded by lockdown, RRV will be carrying out community consultation on these options and I shall be monitoring carefully to make sure this takes place.”

Mr Quilty says that while he does not have the expertise to recommend a solution, he does believe that the three options are all a second or third best compromise.

“What is probably needed in Rutherglen is a bypass so that vehicle movements are not unduly disrupted,” Mr Quilty said.

“Rutherglen lies at the hub of a road network which is similar to the spokes of a wheel, and so a successful alternative must capture traffic from every compass point.

“Diverting heavy trucks up quiet residential streets is not at all sensible and I am surprised it is RRV’s favourite option, while leaving trucks on Main Street is a cop-out.

“I suspect a proper bypass would tick all boxes but that will require a substantial commitment from state and federal governments. If that is what is needed then that is what I will work towards – a route will need to be selected and land will need to be acquired.”

Mr Quilty encouraged residents of Rutherglen and the surrounding area to share their views.

“I want to hear the concerns of residents, business owners or visitors, because this issue is not going to go away by itself,” Mr Quilty said.

“My email is [email protected] and my Wodonga office number is 02 6048 6288.

“Let’s settle this issue once and for all, and get some clarity on where Rutherglen’s future lies. Once we have a goal, we can all work towards achieving it.”

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