Sunbury road link gains funding

By Esther Lauaki

Sunbury’s Yirrangan Road will be extended in a bid to improve traffic flows.

Development Victoria last week committed to building the first section of the road, which will link Sunbury South and Jacksons Hill to Vineyard Road.

The government has also allocated Hume council $3.5 million to manage further extensions of the road.

Sunbury MP Josh Bull said the road link south from Jacksons Hill had been long promised and was much needed.

“Initially, it will connect to Buckland Way, but with the proposed Sunbury South Ring Road being delivered as part of the Precinct Structure Plan, [it] will ultimately connect to both Vineyard Road, close to the proposed Sunbury South station, as well as Sunbury Road on Redstone Hill,” Mr Bull said.

“Residents will have more options to access the surrounding area.”

Hume mayor Geoff Porter said the extension of Yirrangan Road would improve access for 3000 residents living in Sunbury south.

He said it will provide “a vital connection for residents in Sunbury’s south accessing Vineyard Road”.

“We are thrilled that the Victorian government has been able to support council’s goal of constructing Yirrangan Road.”

Sunbury Residents Association president Peter Free said the extension would provide access to the highway.

But he said the best solution for easing traffic flows would be a third railway crossing in Sunbury.