Thornhill Park

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  • Residents of Thornhill Park, west of Melbourne, say it is beset with problems
  • Commuters must do a massive u-turn to drive to Melbourne, heading west first  
  • The new suburb lacks a freeway bypass, train station, school or shopping mall
  • Frustrated residents are now threatening to sell up and move out of the suburb

Fergs Coffee

Residents living in a suburb nicknamed ‘the island’ are threatening a mass exodus as they have to drive half an hour in the wrong direction just to get out of their neighbourhood.

Thornhill Park development, is just 40km from Melbourne’s outskirts, but homeowners must drive west and do a 30-minute u-turn before they reach the citybound lane on the freeway.

Many who bought homes in the new suburb believed an overpass and flyover would be built by late 2018, allowing quick access to the east-bound lanes of the western freeway.

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Angry residents from a new Australian suburb have had enough after it was revealed they have to drive half an hour in the wrong direction just to get out of their neighbourhood.

Angry residents from a new Australian suburb have had enough after it was revealed they have to drive half an hour in the wrong direction just to get out of their neighbourhood.

Angry mums at Thornhill Park west of Melbourne say the suburb they were promised hasn't materialised and some are threatening to sell up and leave

Angry mums at Thornhill Park west of Melbourne say the suburb they were promised hasn’t materialised and some are threatening to sell up and leave 

Resident Matt Pearse told Daily Mail Australia in morning traffic heading west to reach the citybound lanes ‘can add 20-30 minutes unfortunately very easily’ to a commute.

On a good morning the lack of an overpass adds 15 minutes to the commute and the worst he’s experienced was nearly an hour to get out of the suburb.

The new area still has so many problems it has earned several unflattering nicknames from ‘the island’ to ‘ThornHell Park’.

Despite recently being given its own postcode, 3335, Thornhill Park still has no schools, town centre, train station or timetabled bus service, Mr Pearse, who bought a block in 2016, said.

It also has no shopping centre, supermarkets, childcare centre, doctor or chemist and promised sporting fields and wetlands have not yet materialised, though many of these have commenced.

Mr Pearse said the 7,000 people who live there need to drive west on the freeway to reach any major shops.

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