Yesterday The Hon Catherine King MP, Federal Member for Ballarat, called on the government to help fix the Western Highway.
In her speech in parliament Ms King raised the need to upgrade the Western Highway between Ballarat and Melbourne.
“It is the second busiest National Highway in Australia in terms of freight movement,” Ms King said.
Adding that it was, ‘It is the backbone of Western Victoria.’
“The link that the Western Highway provides between my electorate of Ballarat and Melbourne is integral to the continued population and economic growth of our regional communities.,” Ms King said.
“For many residents of Bacchus Marsh and other towns at the eastern end of my electorate, the road constitutes their daily commute to work in Melbourne, while many of us use it to access Melbourne on a less regular basis.
“However as population continues to boom in Melbourne’s west the pace of travel on the road is only slowing. More than 60,000 vehicles travel along the Western Highway in each direction each day, spending increasing amounts of their time sitting still and going nowhere.
“These delays will only grow worse into the future with the highway projected to accommodate 85,000 vehicles per day by 2021 and 113,000 by 2031.”
Ms King said that the “required upgrades to the Western Highway would likely include new interchanges to service the Mountain West and Rockbank areas, as well as the addition of lines and removal of at grade access between Melton and Caroline Springs. While all these works would be in the neighbouring electorate of Gorton, they would offer significant benefits to individuals and businesses in my growing regional community, particularly commuters from Bacchus Marsh and beyond.”
Sadly the Western Highway was the scene of a road fatality today.
Victoria Police issued the following statement:
It is believed the car was travelling westbound on the Western Freeway when it left the road and rolled.
A male was ejected from the vehicle and located deceased by road workers shortly after 1.30pm.
The male is yet to be identified.
The exact circumstances of the collision are yet to be established and the investigation is ongoing.
The Western Freeway is currently closed to all traffic.
Traffic is being diverted onto Ballarat-Burrumbeet Road.
Any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au