Canterbury Road and Bedford Road intersection upgrade

To improve safety, the Victorian Government has invested $1.6 million to upgrade the busy Canterbury Road and Bedford Road intersection.

Project Background

The Canterbury Road and Bedford Road intersection is a busy junction that provides a key link between Heathmont and Ringwood. 

Each day, around 20,000 vehicles use Canterbury Road and 6,500 use Bedford Road, with 6 per cent of these being heavy vehicles. 

This intersection has a history of serious casualty crashes, with many of these involving rear-end crashes from the Bedford Road left slip lane onto Canterbury Road. Over the 5 years to July 2018, there have been 6 crashes at this intersection, resulting in 5 people being seriously injured.

About the project

The safety upgrade will  improve visibility for drivers, reduce queueing and congestion, as well make it safer for pedestrians.

As part of this upgrade, we will: 

  • Improve the left turn slip lane from Bedford Road to Canterbury Road 
  • Extend and widen the right turn lane on Canterbury Road into Bedford Road  
  • Add a dedicated left turn lane into Rawson Court, providing safer access for residents  
  • Replace the pedestrian crossing on the Bedford Road slip lane with a zebra crossing   
  • Improve traffic flow with new traffic light sequencing through the intersection 
  • Improve line marking and make the intersection clearer for drivers 
  • Install a fully controlled right turn from Canterbury Road onto Aringa Court 
  • Improve signage   
Map showing Canterbury Rd and Bedford Rd intersection - smaller version 

View a larger version of the Canterbury Road and Bedford Road intersection map [PNG 141Kb]

Community engagement

To gain feedback from the community on our conceptual designs, we held two engagement sessions at Heathmont on Thursday 24 October and Tuesday 3 December 2019. Approximately 40 people attended these sessions. 

The community expressed interest in the following:

  • The need to improve sight distance when entering Canterbury Road from the Bedford Road left slip lane.
  • The need to make it easier to turn into Rawson Court from the Bedford Road left slip lane.
  • The need to improve visibility of vehicles coming from Aringa Court and the pedestrian crossing.
  • The need to make it easier to turn right from Canterbury Road into Aringa Court.
  • The need to address the risk of vehicles on Canterbury Road running red lights.

We also heard concerns about the proposed zebra crossing on the Bedford Road left slip lane. We completed further investigations and have decided to keep the zebra crossing. A pedestrian operated signal was installed on the current Bedford left slip lane because of limited visibility and the speed at which cars were coming around the bend. The new alignment addresses these issues by improving sight distance. It also requires vehicles to slow down on the approach to the intersection, making it a safer option.

What we are doing now

We have used the feedback received from the community to investigate opportunities to make further improvements. As a result of the feedback given, we will be:

  • installing a fully controlled right turn on the traffic light from Canterbury Road onto Aringa Court
  • reviewing the signalling phases and making adjustments, where possible
  • widening the width of the right turn lane on Bedford Road
  • installing new arrow line marking on the right turn lane on Bedford Road
  • installing two mountable concrete areas, making it easier for trucks to enter the new service road at the two Canterbury Road properties.

Next steps

Construction is planned to start in mid-2020 and be completed by early 2021. We will notify residents prior to start of works.

Contact us

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

Email: [email protected]

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