Getting in and out of Point Cook is about to get easier with the state budget including money to improve Palmers Road.
The government has set aside $3.75 million for the project, which includes creation of a lane for bus and multi-occupancy vehicles on Palmers Road northbound between Dunnings Road and Skeleton Creek.
The transit lane will operate on weekdays between 6.30 and 9.30am for buses and cars with two or more passengers, with indented bays provided at bus stops.
Traffic lights at the corner of Palmers and Dunnings roads will be adjusted to allow buses more time to pass through the intersection.
Wyndham council will contribute $3 million to the project and will also spend $100,000 from its Get Wyndham Moving campaign to address the need for safe pedestrian access from Point Cook to Williams Landing railway station.
Palmers is one of Wyndham’s most congested roads, with a 2014 council traffic volume report revealing 23,700 vehicles use it daily.
Altona MP Jill Hennessy said the road was heavily used by Point Cook residents as it connected the suburb to the railway line and Princes Freeway. “The upgrades to Palmers Road will make it easier to access public transport in the area and save people time.”
The government is also spending $1.9 million to widen the Princes Freeway off-ramp at Forsyth Road to two lanes.
Ms Hennessy said widening the ramp would reduce queues, particularly during the evening peak.
The ramp was the scene of eight crashes, one resulting in serious injury, in the five years to December, 2014.