Rolling out controlled right turns in Victoria

21 April 2021

We’ve upgraded traffic signals at 22 high-risk intersections across Melbourne to improve safety and traffic flow 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.

Intersection safety improvement works

We’ve improved safety with controlled right turns at these 22 intersections across metropolitan Melbourne:

Metropolitan North West intersections

  • King Street and La Trobe Street, Melbourne
  • Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne
  • Hampstead Road and Williamson Road, Maribyrnong
  • Werribee Street and Watton Street, Werribee
  • Pascoe Vale Road, Albion Street and Fletcher Street, Essendon
  • Coburns Road and Barries Road, Melton
  • Coburns Road and Western Free Way Ramp (South), Melton
  • Coburns Road and Western Freeway Ramp (North), Melton

Metropolitan South East intersections

  • Monash Freeway and Stud Road, Dandenong
  • South Road and Bluff Road, Brighton East
  • Forster Road and Monash Freeway, Mount Waverley
  • Elgar Road and Uganda Street, Burwood
  • Burwood Highway and Lynne Avenue, Wantirna South
  • York Road and Wray Crescent, Mount Evelyn
  • Warrigal Road and Waverley Road, Malvern East
  • Narre Warren-Cranbourne Road and Saxonwood Drive, Narre Warren
  • Waverley Road and Huntingdale Road, Chadstone
  • Warrigal Road and Bernard Street, Heatherton
  • Princes Highway East and Décor Drive, Hallam
  • Dandenong Road – Princes Highway and Hawthorn Road, Caulfield North
  • Bayswater Road and Eastfield Road, Croydon South
  • Princes Highway and Manuka Road, Berwick

Why these intersections

The Victorian Government, in partnership with TAC, is investing $1.4 billion into road safety infrastructure to reduce road trauma and save lives.

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.

To see where we are improving road safety in your area visit our Safer Roads interactive map.

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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