June 27, 2016

A SAFER WALK FOR PEDESTRIANS IN BARWON HEADS

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to improve pedestrian safety in regional Victoria with work set to start in Barwon Heads next month.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville welcomed the announcement that will see work to improvements in the coastal township begin after the July school holidays.

Four pedestrian crossings will be installed including raised zebra crossings on Hitchcock Avenue and on Flinders Parade, and regular zebra crossings along Bridge Road and on Ewing Blyth Drive.

Cyclists will also benefit with new bicycle lanes along Bridge Road between Golf Links Road and the Barwon Heads Bridge.

The footpath along Bridge Road in front of the IGA supermarket will also be upgraded to match the footpath in Hitchcock Avenue.

The Labor Government has been working closely with a number of community groups including Barwon Heads Association, Barwon Heads Traders & Tourism Association, Barwon Heads Senior Citizens Group, Barwon Heads Sustainability Group throughout the planning process.

More than 90 people attended two community sessions late last year, providing feedback that was used to determine an appropriate design to improve community safety.

The crossings will continue to be reviewed over the coming summer season to monitor their effectiveness, with adjustments made as needed.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville:

“We’re providing safe and more accessible pedestrian facilities to and from Barwon Heads’ busy shopping strip.”

“These improvements will make pedestrians and cyclists safer and help to ease congestion, particularly in the summer peak.”