Libs to suspend wire rope barrier roll-out

February 13, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP has supported Opposition leader Matthew Guy MP and Shadow Minister for Roads, David Hodgett MP in their common sense wire rope barrier announcement.

 

The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers, that can prevent some serious accidents and can save lives.

 

The Liberal Nationals are 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.

 

Some of the specific concerns about the latest installations include:

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

 

A Liberal Nationals Government will suspend Daniel Andrews’ botched roll-out 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.

 

Comments attributed to Richard Riordan MP, Member for Polwarth:

“Anyone who drives on the Princes Highway can clearly see that the government has botched the installation of these wire rope barriers and instead of saving lives it’s putting lives at risk.

 

“The funding would be better spent on fixing dangerous intersections and crumbling roads rather than stretching out a cobweb of wire ropes hemming in drivers.

 

“The Liberal Nationals policy is to suspend the current installation of the wire rope program and instead use that money to repair these roads so they are safer for all Victorians.

 

”Daniel Andrews has botched the installation of wire rope barriers and it’s putting lives of motorists and emergency services at risk.”