TRAFFIC snarls and dangerous parking topped the list for one driver when the RACV quizzed Wodonga residents yesterday.
The results of the motoring body’s survey of regional transport needs will be used to lobby of the state government.
Brandon Hughes, of Wodonga, said if he had the opportunity to arrive at a destination quicker, he’d take it.
“I can’t stand driving up High Street,” he said.
“Sometimes I’ll stay at work longer just so I don’t have to deal with the congestion of peak-hour traffic.”
Mr Hughes said the congestion was due to High Street being reduced to one lane each way to provide angle parking.
“Sure there is more parking, but it is dangerous,” he said.
“Reversing out is a nightmare — it’s quite blind when you’re backing out.
“And even when you’re driving along High Street, you never know when someone will pull out in front of you.”
Mr Hughes said he also disliked the roundabout at Melbourne Road and Melrose Drive.
“People have the same idea to use those routes,” he said.
“The amount of trucks there is a concern also because when you pull up, they are quite blinding.”
RACV public transport and mobility manager Thanuja Gunatillake said the organisation would collate the information from Wodonga residents.
“We have been made aware of many issues that Wodonga people aren’t satisfied with,” she said.
“We will make these issues a priority and lobby the state government.”
Ms Gunatillake said the RACV would discuss the concerns with the city’s council and VicRoads.
She said some people surveyed had expressed their disappointment with the train services.
“A lot of people said the trains were unreliable with a lot of cancellations and trains replaced by buses,” she said.
“They mentioned the train station was no longer in town and people had no alternative but to drive there.”
Ms Gunatallake said residents were encouraged to provide feedback for the survey that would run for the rest of the month.
They can at racv.com.au/regionalsurvey.