Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers

The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they can prevent some serious accidents and they can save lives.


The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria, Luke O’Sullivan MP, has said he is concerned that the latest round of wire rope barriers are being installed in the wrong places and without proper planning and making some roads more dangerous instead of safer.


“Labor has been in government for 14 of the last 18 years and has ignored regional roads which have become dangerous and are putting lives at risk.” Mr O’Sullivan said.


The placement of Wire Roper Barriers on the Calder Freeway, where there is barely enough room to pull over in an emergency, is one example where common sense hasn’t been used by the city-centric Andrews Labor Government.


“Daniel Andrews has slashed funding for Country Roads and Bridges and now he’s giving us Wire Rope Barriers installed in the wrong places.” Mr O’Sullivan said.


Some of the specific concerns about some of the latest installations include:


 Impeding access and manoeuvrability for emergency services;
 Compromising motorcycle safety if a rider connects with the barrier;
 Wire Roper Barriers installed too close to the side of the road that inhibit drivers pulling over safely due to a flat tire or a breakdown; and
 Considerable vegetation growth under the barrier rope which pose a significant fire risk and maintenance issues.


“Daniel Andrews has ignored maintaining and repairing Victoria’s regional roads for the last three years and as a result they have become dangerous and are putting lives at risk.” Mr O’Sullivan said.


A Liberal Nationals Government will suspend Daniel Andrews’ botched rollout of Wire Rope Barriers and undertake a review of the process.


The review will include consultation with key stakeholders such as the CFA and RACV to determine a common sense approach to the placement and extent of future Wire Rope Barriers implementation.


Daniel Andrews’ Roads Minister says country motorists with concerns about the placement of wire rope barriers are ‘dingbats’ and that “people can go round playing banjos, playing conspiracy theories and rubbish like that - they need to deal with the facts and the figures.”


As the Calder Freeway example shows, the real dingbats are Daniel Andrews and his Roads Minister from Fitzroy.

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