Safety boost for Thompsons Road
New flexible safety barriers will create a more reliable journey for thousands of drivers travelling along a major road in Melbourne’s south-east.
Works to install life-saving barriers along Thompson Road between the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and Narre Warren Road builds on improvements delivered last year through the Thompson Road Upgrade.
While roadside barriers were already in place along some road sections, new barriers installed on the centre median and left-hand side will provide a safer journey by reducing the risk of head-on and run-off-road crashes.
Barriers work by absorbing much of the force in a collision, reducing the impact on drivers and passengers, and allowing the vehicle to come to a gradual standstill.
Between 2012 and 2016, there were 12 crashes recorded along this high-volume road, resulting in 13 people sustaining injuries, four of which suffered severe injuries.
This builds on the works carried out last year through the Thompson Road Upgrade, that duplicated the road between Frankston-Dandenong and Berwick-Cranbourne Road, added an extra lane in sections, and replaced a number of intersections including the intersection for Thompson Road and Frankston-Dandenong Road.
The Victorian and Federal Government’s $245 million Road Safety Program is also delivering upgrades to the area with flexible safety barriers to be installed at Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Narre Warren-North Road between Princes Highway to Thompson Road and Princes Highway to Fox Road in the coming months.