SIGNIFICANT transport investments will be needed to tackle the increasing congestion on local roads, according to the City of Whittlesea Road and Public Transport Plan.
The plan outlines the urgently needed roads, intersection improvements, public transport, cycling and walking priorities.
The Whittlesea township intersection of Plenty Road, Wallan Road and MacMeikan Street rates high on the plan due to conflicting traffic flows and pedestrian movements.
The plan states that these need to be regulated by traffic signals at this intersection to improve both safety and function.
Travel within the municipality is framed by three north-south corridors; the Plenty Valley corridor, Epping Road/High Street corridor and the Yan Yean Road corridor.
Capacity of each of these corridors falls short of accommodating the current population at peak travel periods and this is exacerbated by growth in the Epping North, Wollert and Mernda, Doreen areas.
The plan predicts that the growth will result in significantly more congestion along these corridors.
Whittlesea mayor, Cr Ricky Kirkham said council would use the plan to guide its efforts in lobbying the state and federal government for funding to fix local transport problems.
“Anyone who travels throughout the City of Whittlesea would know just how much the road and public transport networks are not coping,” Cr Kirkham said.