Box Hill to Ringwood shared use path

Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel along the rail corridor from Box Hill to Ringwood once this active transport initiative is complete.

Project update - June 2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the planning and development of the Laburnum section, we have now confirmed the final plans and will start construction in late June.

Over the last 18 months, we’ve engaged with stakeholders across the local community, bicycle user groups, Whitehorse City Council and local businesses to understand their experiences and take on board their ideas.

In recognising what is important to the local community, we have managed to minimise tree loss and maintain car parking along Laburnum and Main streets.

New pedestrian and cycling lights on Laburnum Street

The first stage of works will involve the installation of new pedestrian and cyclist lights near the rail overpass on Laburnum Street and will start in late June. We will also be making speed safer along Laburnum Street with a new 40km/h zone.

Our crews will be working Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. We may need to undertake some weekend work however, we will notify residents beforehand.

To keep everyone safe we will have speed at 40km/h and some lane closures around the work zone.

Construction on Main Street is expected to start in August and works through Laburnum Park to start in October.

From early 2021, you will be able to walk or ride from Box Hill to Ringwood.

Read our latest Community Update [PDF 291 Kb].

Read more about the community consultation and feedback that helped shape and inform to new path, read Laburnum Community Feedback Report here or download a pdf version: Laburnum Community Engagement Report [PDF 379Kb]

The final alignment is shown in the map below.

Laburnum Box Hill to Ringwood bike path 

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Laburnum Section

The Laburnum section is the final section of the 10km Box Hill to Ringwood path and will provide a vital connection to local communities, schools and businesses. 

The path will travel from Middleborough Road along the existing asphalt path towards Laburnum station before travelling through Laburnum Park on a new concrete path around the existing playground and along the eastern boundary of the park to connect to Laburnum Street. 

From there, cyclists will travel on-road along Laburnum Street to Main Street, where there will be a new dedicated off-road two-way bike path, that will run adjacent to the existing footpath and a new raised crossing on South Parade. This link will provide safe access to Blackburn Railway Station. 

The improvements we’re making include:

  • Widening the existing path on the eastern side of the Middleborough Road bridge
  • Building a shared path through Laburnum Park
  • Installing pedestrian signals on Laburnum Street near the rail overpass
  • Reducing the speed limit on Laburnum Street to 40km/h
  • Improving line marking and signage on Laburnum Street
  • Installing a raised platform crossing at the Laburnum and Main Street intersection and the Main Street and South Parade intersection
  • Building a new off-road two-way bike path along Main Street
  • Installing a zebra crossing on Main Street just south of South Parade
  • Changing line marking at the Main Street and South Parade intersection to give priority right of way to Main Street

Project details

The 10km shared path links the vibrant Box Hill precinct to Ringwood’s centre, providing both pedestrians and cyclists a direct and safe connection to public transport, community services and recreational facilities.

Key features of the project include:

  • off-road walking and cycling paths
  • new traffic and pedestrian operated signals
  • links to Melbourne’s existing bike network, including the EastLink trail and Gardiners Creek trail
  • a vital link for the local community to amenities and activity hubs.

Project benefits

Key benefits include:

  • a safer journey for cyclists by separating bikes from cars where possible
  • improved links to local community and businesses
  • a low-cost, sustainable travel option for commuters
  • improved access to public transport
  • an opportunity to choose active transport for travel to schools and other services along the path 
  • more recreational opportunities for cyclists and walkers
  • encouraging a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle. 

Box Hill to Ringwood Path map

The Box Hill to Ringwood shared path has significantly improved safety and provided a vital link to local amenities and cycling paths such as the East Link Trail.

Providing safe pedestrian and cycling facilities is essential in encouraging more people to walk and ride, and ultimately, leave the car at home.  

 Image fo the Box Hill to Ringwood shared path December 2016

View larger version of Box Hill to Ringwood bike path map [JPEG 142 Kb]

Contact us

For further information please contact the project team:

Email: [email protected]

Project Timeline
Milestone Title Milestone Description Milestone Status (Completed/Current/Upcoming
)
Mitcham Section
Completed July 2014 Completed
Box Hill Section Stage 1 Completed May 2015 Completed
Blackburn Section
Completed May 2017 Completed
Heatherdale Section Completed May 2017 Completed
Ringwood Section Completed Sept 2018 Completed
Box Hill Section Stage 2
Completed August 2019 Completed
Nunawading Section
Completed August 2019 Completed
Laburnum Section Started June 2020 Current

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