Road freight link project boosts transport efficiency: Pallas

By: Jason Whittaker


The completion of extra lanes along Melbourne’s south east will boost road freight productivity, according to Minister for Roads and

The completion of extra lanes along Melbourne’s south east will boost road freight productivity, according to Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas.

The $21 million duplication project in Sladen Street has added extra lanes to an important route link frequently used by transport operators.

"Sladen Street is an important route linking Cranbourne to Frankston," Pallas says.

"The addition of an extra lane in each direction between Scott Street and Hall Road will mean traffic can flow more efficiently and safety through this key local route."

Pallas says transport operators as well as the Victorian Government are already experiencing the benefits of the project.
"As we all know, the freight industry plays a vital role in Victoria’s economy and the Cranbourne and Casey area are no exception," he says.

"This upgrade reduces the risk and increases the efficiency of freight moving around the area, freeing up the road for local motorists."

The Sladen Street upgrade is one of a number of duplication projects aimed at improving Victoria’s transport network. It follows the duplication between Warrandyte Road and Centre Road.

Furthermore, the duplication between Centre Road and Western Port Highway in Langwarrin is due to be completed at the end of 2008, local member for Cranbourne Jude Perera says.

"Other current major projects under construction in the area include the $17 million duplication of Berwick-Cranbourne Road between Thompsons Road and Grices Road and the $36.8 million Western Port Highway duplication between Cranbourne Frankston Road and North Road," he says.

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