Rolling out controlled right turns in Victoria

20 July 2020

We’re upgrading traffic signals at 20 high-risk intersections across Melbourne to improve safety and traffic flow on our roads, as we work towards a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

How controlled right turns work

Controlled right turns involve modifying traffic signals to provide road users with safer travel through intersections. At traffic lights with controlled right turn signals, vehicles can only turn right when there is a green turning arrow.

When traffic light signals include this feature, it reduces crashes between right turning and oncoming vehicles, and also gives pedestrians designated times to cross the road safely.

Why we’re doing this

About a third of deaths on Victorian roads result from crashes at intersections, making up 41% of serious injuries on the Victorian road network.

The risk of casualties and serious injuries due to right turns is greatly increased, because drivers rely on behavioural instincts to select gaps in opposing traffic.

Having a dedicated right turning signal reduces the risk of crashes between turning vehicles and oncoming traffic, cyclists, or pedestrians crossing the road.

The implementation of a controlled right turn will reduce the likelihood these types of crashes.

We anticipate these improvements will prevent approximately 129 serious crashes at intersections over the next 15 years.

What we’re doing

We’ve already improved 13 intersections across metropolitan Melbourne, with another seven scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.

To see the intersections we’re upgrading in your area visit our Safer Roads interactive map.

Upcoming Works

Intersection safety improvements have been scheduled at these locations across metropolitan Melbourne: 

  • Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne
  • King Street and Latrobe Street, Melbourne
  • Wurundjeri Way and Flinders Street, Docklands
  • Princes Highway-Dandenong Road, Hawthorn Road and Glenferrie Road, Caulfield North
  • Coburns Rd, Melton (intersections at Barries Road and Western Freeway on-ramps)
  • Bayswater Road and Eastfield Road, Croydon South
  • Pascoe Vale Road, Albion Street and Fletcher Street, Essendon

Contact us

If you have any queries or feedback about the controlled right turn program or want to get in touch about works in your area you can either:

Call: 13 11 70
Email:   [email protected]

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