Work has started on a $3.2 million project to improve safety for road users and pedestrians entering Bannockburn at the Clyde, Kelly and Shelford-Bannockburn road (Geelong Road) intersection.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Morrison Government contributed $3.2 million to the construction of the new roundabout at the Bannockburn town entrance under the federal Roads of Strategic Importance program.

“With the Bannockburn population expected to grow to 7,000 people by 2031, we are delivering safer road infrastructure to serve local residents and give smooth access to freight operators getting their goods to market,” Senator Henderson said.

“I am delighted that works have begun on the Safer Entrance project. This work will include the installation of traffic islands and upgraded street lighting to improve safety and security for pedestrians, a major win for Bannockburn.

“This 2019 federal election commitment to improve the safety of this notorious Bannockburn intersection was not matched by Labor which demonstrates Labor’s failure to stand up for Bannockburn on such an important issue,” Senator Henderson said.

Regional Roads Victoria will deliver the first of two roundabouts planned for Bannockburn in the next six months.

“Backed by $5.2 million from the Morrison Government, work will start la ter this year on a $6.5 million project to improve safety at the Midland Highway and Clyde Road intersection.”

The Morrison Government is continuing to deliver safer roads and vital community infrastructure for Golden Plains including the Bannockburn Heart Playground, the Victoria Park lighting upgrade, the Wall Bridge Teesdale upgrade and internet connectivity improvements at Teesdale.