The Diggers Rest Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) Study conducted in 2013 concluded that modifications to improve the safety and functionality of the Welcome Road and Diggers Rest – Coimadai Road intersection is required.
The permanent closure of Welcome Road to all traffic was identified as the ultimate solution in the coming years. As part of the 2017/18 budget, Melton Council has allocated funds to undertake interim treatment works involving the removal of right turn traffic into Welcome Road, therefore restricting vehicles from queuing back onto the railway crossing during peak times, which is considered a major safety concern.
Melton Council have confirmed that the proposed interim works will not be carried out this financial year. It’s understood that the interim treatment was not supported by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) as it results in changing the current bus service.
Council anticipates that the intersection will be reviewed again once PTV have undertaken a review of the Diggers Rest bus routes. The time frame of any review is unknown.
Meanwhile, Traffic & Transport Coordinator for the City of Melton, Kerry Walton will be seeking another review of the intersection for “Keep Clear” line markings based on the current growth in the surrounding area.