Is this Australia’s most ridiculous road? Residents spend half an hour getting out of their suburb
Residents of a suburb nicknamed ‘the island’ threaten a mass exodus because they have to drive half an hour in the wrong direction to get out of their neighborhood.
The Thornhill Park development, is just 25 miles from the Melbourne suburbs, but homeowners will need to head west and make a 30 minute turn before reaching the city lane on the motorway.
Many who bought homes in the new suburb believed that an overpass and overpass would have been built by the end of 2018, allowing quick access to the eastern lanes of the western highway.
But five years after families with the flyover and overpass began to move, nothing has started.
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Angry residents of a new Australian suburb have had enough after it was revealed that they would have to drive in the wrong direction for half an hour to get out of their neighborhood.
Angry mothers in Thornhill Park west of Melbourne say the promised suburb has not materialized and some are threatening to sell and leave
Resident Matt Pearse told Daily Mail Australia in morning traffic westbound to reach lanes in the city ‘unfortunately can very easily add 20-30 minutes’ to a commute.
On a good morning, the lack of an overpass adds 15 minutes to the commute and the worst he has experienced was nearly an hour to get out of the suburb.
The new area still has so many problems that it has been given several unflattering nicknames from “the Island” to “ThornHell Park.”
Despite recently being given its own zip code 3335, Thornhill Park still has no schools, town centre, train station or timetabled bus service, said Mr Pearse, who bought a block in 2016.
It also has no shopping center, supermarkets, childcare, doctor or pharmacy and promised sports fields and wetlands are not there yet, although many have started.
Mr Pearse said the 7,000 people living there would have to drive west on the highway to reach major retail outlets.
Several residents are now threatening to sell and leave the new suburb, which was intended to accommodate 20,000 new residents
That means a 25 minute drive at most to do some basic shopping.
A resident posted a photo of a construction site fence blocking a path that should be a walking path next to the unfinished wetlands.
“I’m just trying to take my dog for a walk,” was the title of the post.
Although a train station was featured in glossy marketing material in 2016, the Victorian state government now claims it has never promised to build one, A current matter reported.
Several residents are now threatening to sell and leave the new suburb, which was planned to accommodate 20,000 new residents.
‘I’ve been here for almost five years and nothing has been done’ [about the overpass]said an unnamed mother.
“Things have to change and they have to change very quickly because there will be a mass exodus if that doesn’t happen, people will just sell and leave,” she said.
A resident posted a photo of a path blocked by construction fences as she tried to walk her dog
Mr Pearse said Thornhill Park is ‘not all doom and gloom’.
‘We have beautiful parks and areas, only half started but not finished for a long time.’
Former AFL footballer and founder of Wel.Co Andrew Welsh said the lack of government-run infrastructure has not kept up with growth in the area.
“As developers, we continue to pay tens of millions of dollars in contributions to government infrastructure that are not delivered within the time frame that the community needs.”
A spokesman for the Victorian government said they were investing in major projects to keep locals moving while planning for the future.
‘The brand new Cobblebank train station is a short distance from Thornhill Park Estate, and thanks to the Ballarat Line Upgrade there are hundreds more trains running every week, arriving every 20 minutes at peak times.
“We will continue to work closely with the Department of Transport, municipalities and the community to ensure the transport network meets the needs of the growing community.”