Hoppers Crossing signal action for intersection

Leading congestion hotspot in Melbourne's freight-focused west, where Forsyth Road and Old Geelong Road, to get traffic lights, with the move welcomed by RACV, whose members rated it sixth-worst in recent survey

October 4, 2012

One of Melbourne’s most congested intersections is getting traffic signals.

The Forsyth Road and Old Geelong Road intersection in Hoppers Crossing, which was identified sixth in the motoring group RACV’s 2012 Redspot Survey, will become safer as the Victorian Government plans to install signals.

RACV’s Roads and Traffic Manager Dave Jones has welcomed the announcement, saying the signals will help alleviate congestion and improve safety for road users.

"This intersection ranked sixth in the 2012 RACV Redspot Survey’s top 10 sections of roads that frustrate road users and has been a difficult and congested section of road for some time," Jones says.

Those who participated in the survey said difficult turns and long queues at the intersection frustrate them the most.

Forsyth Road is the only north-south corridor within a 3km radius which comes to a halt in the afternoon peak, the survey says.

"Right turns can be utterly impossible. Traffic signals should be a priority for congestion and safety reasons," it says.

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