VICTORIAN REGIONAL ROAD UPGRADE AIDS V/LINE COACH ROUTES

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Victorian Government


RURAL VICTORIA dairy farming town Tinamba is now a safer place to drive to and through for V/Line coach services following completion of a road overhaul via the Flexible Local Transport Solutions program, the state government reports.

VICTORIAN REGIONAL ROAD UPGRADE AIDS V/LINE COACH ROUTES
Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said: "For locals and business owners, these improvements contribute to the town's viability and enhance the safety for all road users."

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll says the $150,000 upgrade had delivered a number of benefits for the local community.  

The project will improve access to V/Line coach services (south-west) to Traralgon and (south-east) to Sale from Tinamba, providing stronger links to employment and education opportunities for locals, and connections to train services on the Gippsland line, according to the government.

Works have also improved pedestrian and vehicle access to local businesses, improved kerbs, line-marking, drainage, and bus stops – including a new stop on the western side of the road and upgrades to the existing stop on the eastern side, it adds.

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REGIONAL HELP

The Labor Government has invested $40,000 from the Flexible Local Transport Solutions program and a further $90,000 from its Building Works program, delivering improvements on Traralgon-Maffra Road through the town, it explains. Wellington Shire Council also contributed a further $20,000 to the upgrades, it confirms.

The Flexible Local Transport Solutions program provides funding for local transport initiatives, services, and infrastructure in regional Victoria. The program works with local transport forums, regional partnerships, local councils, and community organisations to identify and deliver these opportunities.

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SAFER ACCESS

"We’ve worked with Wellington Shire Council and local businesses to deliver this upgrade that has not only provided safer access for pedestrians and vehicles in Tinamba, but also improved the overall amenity of the town." 

"This project has made the town centre a more attractive stopping point for passing tourists whilst also helping improve vital public transport links to employment and education opportunities for locals."

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett said: "It is wonderful to see the positive impact this project has already had on Tinamba with improved parking upon entry into the town."

"For locals and business owners, these improvements contribute to the town's viability and enhance the safety for all road users," she stated.

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