Buckley Street and Garnet Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements

We’re improving safety along Buckley Street in Essendon West by installing traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing west of Garnet Street, as part of the Australian Government’s Road Safety Program, being delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government.

Project update 

We’re improving safety along Buckley Street by installing traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing west of Garnet Street, to give pedestrians a safe place to cross the road.

We anticipate construction will be completed in October 2022, weather permitting.

What this means for you

From mid-August 2022, crews will work onsite on Mondays to Fridays at 9.30am to 3.30pm and on Saturdays at 7am to 5pm until October 2022, weather permitting.

Crews will also work at night at 8pm to 6am from Sunday to Thursday for a week in late-September 2022 to carry out road resurfacing works on Buckley Street.

During works, road users can expect the following disruptions: 

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the work site during construction hours.
  • single lane closures near the work site to protect both workers and drivers.

Residents may notice short periods of medium to high noise when concrete is cut and during road resurfacing works.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan-ahead and allow for an extra five minutes travel time. 

We thank you for your patience while we complete these important safety improvements.

Buckley Street and Garnet Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements map

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What we're doing

To make Buckley Street and Garnet Street intersection safer for pedestrians, we’ll:

  • install traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing on Buckley Street west of Garnet Street to prevent crashes involving pedestrians 
  • install a concrete median island at the traffic lights and pedestrian crossing to protect pedestrians from overtaking and turning vehicles 
  • relocate two bus stops on Buckley Street west of Garnet Street to the east of Garnet street to accommodate the new traffic lights and pedestrian crossing
  • extend the kerb at the traffic lights and pedestrian crossing as well as carry out pavement and road resurfacing works and,
  • move the existing Bourke Street Reserve maintenance entrance on Buckley Street to Bourke Street.

To make these important pedestrian safety improvements, we will need to remove four small trees and six informal parking spaces on Buckley Street near Garnet Street. 

The location of the new traffic lights and pedestrian crossing on Buckley Street has been chosen as a priority, based on safety and accessibility.

We’ll program the new traffic lights to keep traffic flowing on Buckley Street until a pedestrian is detected at the traffic lights. 

The traffic lights will also include technology that automatically adjusts crossing times and detects pedestrians waiting to cross the road at the pedestrian crossing.

Changes to bus stops and parking 

To make these important safety improvements, we’ll need to relocate two bus stops on Buckley Street located west of Garnet Street and relocate both bus stops to the east of Garnet Street.

A no parking zone will be implemented in the vicinity of the new pedestrian crossing and bus stops to keep pedestrians safe.

Background

In the five-year period ending July 2020, two crashes occurred on Buckley Street and Garnet Street intersection and one crash caused serious injury. Fortunately no lives were lost.

A breakdown of trauma shows us that in 2015, an average of 7 per cent of deaths and serious injuries in Victoria were caused by crashes involving cyclists and 11 per cent of deaths and serious injuries were from crashes involving pedestrians. 

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

Research shows that if a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a car travelling at 60km/h they are unlikely to survive. In fact, a pedestrian’s or cyclist’s risk of death or serious injury increases where vehicles are traveling at speeds of 30 km/h and upwards.

Mistakes happen, which as humans we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

Get in touch

For more information about this project, please get in touch.

Email: [email protected]

 

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