What we are asking

$50 million towards the Department of Transport (DoT) proposed upgrades to Mornington Tyabb Road, as part of the ultimate development of an east – west corridor. This would include:

  • additional measures towards future-proofing this key arterial corridor linking passenger and freight movements to Peninsula link and the Western Port region
  • upgrades to intersection signals and channelizing traffic works at key points
  • improvements to address Blackspot locations, mainly at key intersections on both Mornington Tyabb Road and Bungower Road.

What makes this unique

Traffic volumes are approaching 20,000 vehicles per day, on both Mornington Tyabb Road and Bungower Road.

Congestion is causing significant delays on both Mornington Tyabb Road and Bungower Road – and posing a safety risk to children walking to school.

Improvements to Mornington Tyabb Road will establish better connections between Peninsula Link and the proposed development of the State Significant Industrial Area north of Hastings.

An upgraded link between the Port Phillip urban area and Westernport will connect our communities on both sides of the Peninsula to a greater range of employment opportunities, services and facilities.

Upgrading this crucial east-west link will also provide a safer environment for pedestrians and drivers

Council projections indicate significant further population growth on the Peninsula. A more effective link between the Port Phillip urban area and the Western Port region will enable residents on both sides of the Peninsula to have better access to local employment, facilities and services.

This is particularly so given the location of the State Significant Industrial Precinct and Port of Hastings area north of Hastings, as well as current industrial rezoning proposals to the north of Hastings and Tyabb, which will provide new employment opportunities in the region.

There is a significant crash history along this east-west corridor:

  • 26 casualty crashes on Mornington Tyabb Road between Racecourse Road and Nepean Hwy in the last five years.
  • 12 casualty crashes on two key intersections on Bungower Road due to excessive traffic volumes.

There is an urgent need to alleviate significant congestion at critical pinch points on Mornington Tyabb Road and Bungower Road, which cause excessive delays and driver frustration.

Upgrading Mornington Tyabb Road will alleviate the congestion impacts along Bungower Road and will allow Bungower Road to function better as access for the local retirement villages, schools and residential areas.

Establishing of a more effective bus link between Mornington and Western Port towns would support greater access to jobs and services.

Improvements to Mornington Tyabb Road in the Racecourse Road precinct will increase connectivity and safety for pedestrians and cyclists between residential areas, recreational facilities and services, which are currently restricted by the lack of appropriate crossing treatments.

The key pedestrian safety risk at Mornington-Tyabb Road/ Racecourse Road is to school children walking to/ from schools in the area.

The current DoT business plan is to upgrade critical sections and intersections on Mornington Tyabb Road between Moorooduc Highway and Nepean Highway.

The Mornington Peninsula Housing and Settlement Strategy highlights the potential future population growth on the Peninsula.

Plan Melbourne and the Metropolitan Industrial and Commercial Land Use Plan, indicate the location of the State Significant Industrial Precinct and associated potential future employment opportunities around Western Port.

The Southern Integrated Transport Framework SEM Final Advice 2021 highlights the need to provide flagship “trunk services” on the Peninsula with associated feeder services. While priority is given to existing north-south routes, greater east west connections are also necessary.

Strategic Objective 3.5 of the Council and Wellbeing Plan is to ensure that the community is well connected through sustainable, accessible, and integrated transport options