Did you know?
- there are currently around 131,000 vehicles travelling north-south through the City of Whittlesea each day
- there are only 2 continuous north-south arterial roads in our municipality - Plenty Road and High Street/Epping Road
- only Plenty Road feeds traffic onto the Metropolitan Ring Road
- these 2 arterial roads, along with all other north-south arterial roads are already operating at beyond their capacity
- there are more than 10 congested or poorly performing intersections along these roads, making them slow and unsafe.
The new E6 will be capable of carrying more than 50,000 cars per day and significantly relieve the daily congestion on Plenty Road and High Street/Epping Road.
How will this benefit our community?
- reduce traffic congestion on existing roads, create smoother traffic flow and more consistent travel times
- improve connections between the Metropolitan Ring Road and the Hume Freeway
- improve bus services (travel times and less delays to Epping and Thomastown Railway Stations)
- improve access and travel to:
- RMIT Bundoora
- University Hill
- South Morang Town Centre
- Epping Central
- Thomastown Industrial Precinct
- High Street and other strip shopping centres
Land along this route is already reserved as part of the strategic land use plans approved by the State Government in 2002 and 2007.
The State Government have proposed the E6 to be a freeway, extending from the Western Ring Road to meet the future 'Outer Metropolitan Ring Road' at the Hume Freeway and run through the suburbs of Thomastown, Mill Park, Epping, Wollert, Woodstock, Donnybrook and Beveridge.
We recommend constructing the E6 as an arterial road.
An arterial road extending from the Western Ring Road to Bridge Inn Road would sufficiently cater for our growing population, if combined with upgrades to other roads. This view is based on traffic modelling we have undertaken.
How you can help
It's important that our community rally together to let the State Government know that this project is a priority for our residents.
You can do this by:
- emailing or writing to the following Members of Parliament:
- By writing or emailing your local Member of Parliament