Ms RYALL (Ringwood) (17:29:35) — (13 628) My request is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and the action I seek is that he direct the revision of the lanes exiting onto Maroondah Highway from Heatherdale Road in Mitcham. Heatherdale Road is the border of the Maroondah and Whitehorse councils, and since the removal of the level crossing the load of traffic coming out of Heatherdale Road and turning right onto Maroondah Highway has significantly increased. That means that approximately five cars can get through on a cycle, but the extent of the wait time is very significant, particularly if there is someone coming across the road from Dampier Grove.
There are two lanes that come out of Heatherdale Road, one onto Maroondah Highway and the other going straight ahead to Dampier Grove. An opportunity has been highlighted by constituents who live in the local area to give both lanes the opportunity to turn right, which would double the amount of through traffic coming onto Maroondah Highway, but that would also facilitate the opportunity for people to go ahead through to Dampier Grove should they require that.
It is my request that this be revised. There is significant hold-up for the local community, who now want to use the opportunity to come onto Maroondah Highway, but the traffic is extensive as a result. There is clearly a resolution and an opportunity to resolve this, and I ask that the minister act on this.