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 - December 2022

Crews have recently completed civil works to install traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing on Buckley Street west of Garnet Street.

Crews will be back onsite for a few days over the coming months to complete public lighting and signal works. 

We anticipate the traffic lights will be switched on in early 2023.

Public transport users can now use the new bus stops on Buckley Street between Garnet Street and Prospect Street.

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

What this means for you

Crews will work on Mondays to Fridays at 9.30am to 3.30pm and on Saturdays at 7am to 5pm until early 2023, weather permitting.

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.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions.

Buckley Street and Garnet Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements map

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What we've done

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

  • installed traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing on Buckley Street west of Garnet Street to prevent crashes involving pedestrians 
  • installed a concrete median island at the traffic lights and pedestrian crossing to protect pedestrians from overtaking and turning vehicles 
  • relocated 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
  • extended the kerb at the traffic lights and pedestrian crossing as well as carried out pavement and road resurfacing works
  • moved the existing Bourke Street Reserve maintenance entrance on Buckley Street to Bourke Street and,
  • installed no parking zone in the vicinity of the new pedestrian crossing and bus stops to help keep pedestrians safe.

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

The traffic lights include technology that automatically adjusts pedestrian crossing times and keeps traffic flowing on Buckley Street until a pedestrian is detected at the traffic lights. 

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.

The $840,000 project is a jointly funded project. The Australian Government is committing $420,000 and the Victorian Government is committing $420,000.

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]

 

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