Home' Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser : April 6, 2016 Edition Contents PAGE 8 - THE ADVERTISER, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016
MANY permanent residents opt to venture out as
little as possible during the peak times, on Phillip
Island, and shop early in the morning.
Building another bridge at San Remo is a pop-
ular suggestion from residents and visitors on a
solution to these frustrating and constant traffic
However, others point out that once the traffic
crosses the bridges, cars would still be forced to
travel in one lane again.
More public transport, with associated free park-
ing is a suggestion. So too implementation of the
blue line system used on Grand Prix days extended
for use during all peak periods.
A major concern for residents is when an acci-
dent causes road closure. There is no way of by-
passing the scene with no alternative route avail-
“Dire accident sections are at the bridge, between
Surf Beach and Newhaven, and between the Sil-
verwaters Resort to the Wonthaggi turn off, ” said
“Long term they should be planning to put in
alternative roads or service roads in these areas,
and at the very least stopping development in these
“They could they move the ‘blue line lane’ to the
middle of both lanes on the bridge, ” s aid Alicia
“So at the start of a holiday there can be two
lanes going to Cowes, then at the end of holidays
two lanes going out. ”
“A good traffic management plan is in place dur-
ing the GP and Superbikes,” said Kylie Rose.
“Unfortunately at other times, such as the Janu-
ary Custom Hot Rods, there is no traffic manage-
ment in place. I ’m not sure who is responsible for
Others believe another access point from the
other side of The Island would work, joining up to
They suggest that a bridge from Ventnor to Stony
Point would cut out half the traffic that doesn’t
need to come through the existing access point of
And a car ferry could help.
“The 60 zone now extended all the way through
Surf Beach and now Sunderland Bay has made
it much easier for residents along this stretch to
push into heavy traffic,” s aid local music teacher
Rob’s other suggestions includes creating off-
Island car parks, and extending the free shuttle
buses that would access a dedicated bus lane.
“And road widening and a double lane bridge!”
Our holiday traffic
challenges: What to do?
THE jury is in: Traffic during
peak times in San Remo and
Phillip Island is getting worse.
Residents overwhelmingly be-
lieve that problematic intersec-
tions along Phillip Island Road
at San Remo, Woolamai Beach
Road, and Back Beach Road
need urgent solutions.
Although permanent round-
abouts have already been ear-
marked as a good solution for
some intersections, no one can
understand why VicRoads has
still not committed to a specific
Visitors to the area highlight
traffic bank-ups from Bass to
Newhaven as requiring attention.
Phillip Island and San Remo
attracts over 1.65 million visitors
each year, according to the Phil-
lip Island and San Remo Tour-
ism Strategy 2015-2035.
Over the next 20 years, visitor
numbers are forecast to double,
reaching an estimated 3 million
visitors and worth upwards of $1
billion to our economy by 2035.
Mother of two Christina Keeble
lived at Ventnor for years before
finally deciding the traffic was
not worth the trouble.
“We moved off The Island and
bought elsewhere,” she said.
“The peak traffic times meant
my hubby had to leave for work
two hours earlier. It also added
an extra one to two hours on his
During holiday time, San Remo
resident Patricia Singleton re-
ports waiting at least 10 minutes
to get out of her street as “the
tourists are sitting bumper to
bumper on Phillip Island Road,
and will not let you in”.
Many believe that San Remo
needs to have Shetland Heights
Road extended to Kilcunda.
“Locals are trapped during
holidays and God help you if you
need to get anywhere,” is another
Ms Singleton believes the junc-
tion of Back Beach and Phillip
Island Roads needs urgent atten-
“There was a ute on its roof a
couple of months back, slam-
ming into a car trying to pull out.
Does someone have to die before
safety is put first?”
Residents note that each long
weekend and holiday period sees
more wildlife left dead on the
side of the road.
Alicia Khan is a new perma-
nent resident and is horrified at
the mortality rate.
“I wish people would have
more consideration for our beau-
tiful native wildlife.
“I don’t understand why people
expect animals to have the intel-
ligence to move off the road.”
Residents have highlighted
that traffic around The Island
is also a struggle with one mum
commenting her family aban-
doned a visit to Churchill Island
on Easter Monday when they
saw traffic backed up to the Ko -
Ally Lamb and her family
regularly visit Cowes from Mel-
“The January traffic in and out
was shocking in some parts. It
was worse than the Monash, and
that’s saying something!” she
“More people are visiting, and
more people live there, yet the
infrastructure seems the same.”
It’s getting worse
Fran Bruzzese believes the traf-
fic is getting worse.
“It seems most tourists got
their licences out of a cereal box,
and don’t know road rules when
they come here.
“Many are sight-seeing whilst
driving, instead of looking where
they are going.”
The Sunderland Bay Road in-
tersection was also mentioned as
problematic where right-turning
traffic competes with turning
traffic from Rhyll.
“The 60 zone starting at Surf
Beach might slow traffic down,
but it’s still a nightmare,” said
“I see drivers slamming on
their brakes because the streets
are hard to find, and they are
upon them in a split second. The
evening is worse.
“I don’t understand why those
Surf Beach houses were not giv-
en their own service road to be-
gin with, and taken off the main
road all together.
“When it comes to the impor-
tant things our Island really
needs, the pollies, VicRoads, and
Council all seem to turn a deaf
This photo from Facebook reference site Phillip Island Traffic
Check shows the reality of January traffic on The Island. To assist
the community, pilots from Phillip Island Helicopters regularly
send these aerial shots to the traffic page. Locals believe holiday
traffic at peak times is getting worse and have this week suggest-
ed some solutions to the problem. Frustration mounts on when
any improvements will take place.
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