Safety upgrades at school zones and shopping precincts in Melbourne

16 July 2021

Twenty-one school zones and shopping precincts in metropolitan Melbourne have been selected for pedestrian safety upgrades under the $19.5 million Pedestrian and Safer Schools Initiative.

Installation of electronic speed limit signs ahead of speed limit zones will improve driver compliance and make roads safer for shoppers, pedestrians and school children traveling to and from school.

The Victorian and Australian Governments are delivering infrastructure upgrades to improve safety near schools, shopping strips and busy intersections across metropolitan Melbourne to reduce road trauma and save lives.

The Pedestrian and Safer Schools program is part of a $97.2 million infrastructure package to support local jobs and provide an immediate boost to the economy, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Project Locations

New electronic speed limit signs are scheduled to be installed between January to September 2021 at these 40km/h school zones and shopping precincts in metropolitan Melbourne: 

New electronic speed limit signs are scheduled to be installed between January to September 2021 at these 60km/h school zones and shopping precincts in metropolitan Melbourne:

If you’re traveling through these work areas, please drive safely, allow for extra travel time, and look out for signs and changed traffic conditions.

During the construction period, you may notice electronic speed limit signs installed in a school zone or shopping precinct that are not operating. Temporary static speed limit signs will be in place until power is connected onsite.

How electronic speed limit signs work

Flashing electronic speed limit signs remind drivers to adhere to the speed limit as they approach high pedestrian-activity areas, such as school zones or shopping precincts.

When electronic speed limit signs are installed ahead of a speed limit zone, they flash to remind drivers to be extra vigilant and obey the speed limit, making the road safer for pedestrians, including children and families during busy peak hours.

These improvements will make roads safer for pedestrians in busy precincts and by improving pedestrian safety in school zones, we’re helping children get to and from school safely.

An electronic speed limit sign   

What we’re doing

We’re improving pedestrian safety at a number of school zones and shopping precincts across Melbourne with the installation of electronic speed limit signs.

Where possible, new electronic speed limit signs will be powered by sustainable solar technology and existing sign infrastructure will be repurposed.

To see how we’re improving safety at school zones in your area visit our Safer Roads interactive map.

Why we’re doing this

Communities in metropolitan Melbourne have raised their concerns about drivers speeding through existing speed limit zones. Static speed limit signs are already in place at these locations, however crashes still occurred within the speed limit zones and some resulted in serious injury.

Pedestrians are completely exposed to the full force of a crash, making them some of the most vulnerable road users.

In 2015, an average of 11% of deaths and serious injuries were from crashes involving pedestrians, that’s why we’re investing in road safety infrastructure to slow traffic and reduce the risk to pedestrians, particularly school children.

We’ll take a proactive approach to reduce the risk of crashes and make speed limit zones safer for shoppers as well as school children attending schools nearby.

Contact us

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

Call: 13 11 70
Email: [email protected]

To ensure the safety of all workers and the community, all construction and maintenance work undertaken will operate under a COVIDSafe Plan.

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