Canterbury Road and Bedford Road intersection upgrade

We’re improving safety and traffic flow through the intersection of Canterbury Road and Bedford Road, as part of a $1.6 million upgrade by the Victorian Government.

Project update - June 2020

From mid-June, we will start works on the left slip lane from Bedford Road onto Canterbury Road. Our crews will be working from Monday to Saturday between 9am and 3:30pm.  

Work on this upgrade is expected to be completed by mid-August, weather permitting.

How will these works impact you?

To keep everyone safe, we’ll need to reduce the speed to 40km/h near the work zone, close a lane on Canterbury Road and close the left slip lane on Bedford Road.

Drivers will still be able turn left from Bedford Road. Residents of Rawson Court and the properties along the existing slip lane will be able to access their properties. There may be some minor delays.

From time to time, there may be some noise, vibration and dust. 

We ask that you plan ahead and allow a little extra time during these works, to arrive at your destination on time. 

About the project

The upgrade of the Canterbury Road/Bedford Road intersection will improve safety and provide greater capacity in the long term, as this busy intersection serves the growing local Heathmont and Ringwood communities. 

This upgrade will:

  • improve the left turn slip lane from Bedford Road to Canterbury Road
  • extend the right turn lane on Canterbury Road into Bedford Road 
  • provide safer access for residents with a left turn deceleration lane into Rawson Court  
  • improve safety for pedestrians with a new zebra crossing on Bedford Road
  • improve traffic flow with new traffic light sequencing through the intersection
  • make it easier and safer to turn right with a new right turn arrow from Canterbury Road onto Aringa Court
  • make the intersection easier to navigate with new line marking and 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]

Project background

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

Each day, approximately 20,000 vehicles travel along Canterbury Road and 6,500 along 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 5 years to July 2018, there have been 6 crashes at this intersection, resulting in 5 people being seriously injured.

Community engagement

To gain feedback from the community on our conceptual designs, we held 2  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 used the feedback received from the community to investigate opportunities to make further improvements. As a result of the feedback given, we’ll be:

  • installing a fully controlled right turn on the traffic light from Canterbury Road onto Aringa Court
  • reviewing the signalling phases and adjusting them where possible  
  • installing new arrow line marking on the right turn lane on Bedford Road. 

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 is considered at locations with factors such as a high volume of pedestrians and an alignment that has limited visibility. 

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 of the left slip lane at Bedford Road will improve sight distance and requires vehicles to slow down on the approach to the intersection. 

Contact us

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

Email: [email protected]

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