Canterbury Road upgrade

The upgrade of Canterbury Road will improve traffic flow and give everyone who uses this intersection a fair go, whether they’re a local driver, commuter, cyclist or pedestrian.

Project update

VicRoads is holding a community information session to present draft plans for the upgrade of Canterbury Road from Dorset Road in Bayswater North to the intersection of Mount Dandenong Tourist Road in Montrose.

We’re talking to local residents and businesses on Thursday 7 December 1pm-7pm at Montrose Town Centre – Community Room, 935 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose. You’re invited to come and view the plans, talk to the project team and ask questions.

We’re working with the community

There will be impacts on vegetation and some changes to parking and the way people access their properties and businesses along Canterbury Road. The community Information session will ensure local residents and businesses can have their say before we finalise the designs for this project.  

Project Background

Around 1900 vehicles an hour use Canterbury Road in the afternoon peak heading towards the Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley.  

The Canterbury Road roundabout in Montrose is struggling to cope with an increase in traffic and no longer works effectively. 

This creates significant delays and queues and impacts local roads as people look for alternatives to avoid queues.

About the project

We’re currently in the design phase of this project.  

We plan to replace the roundabout at the intersection of Canterbury Road and Mount Dandenong Tourist Road in Montrose with new traffic lights, including safe pedestrian crossings.

We plan to build a new third lane along Canterbury Road between Dorset Road and the new intersection heading outbound. 

We’ll also link the new traffic lights with other sections along Canterbury Road to ensure traffic flows smoothly

You can read more about the project in our Information Update - August 2017 [PDF 854 Kb] 

These works are designed to ease congestion along Canterbury Road and provide reliable journey time for commuters, particularly during peak periods.

The proposed traffic signals will impact nature strips and vegetation will need to be removed along Canterbury Road.

Canterbury Road montrose

View a larger version of the Canterbury Road Montrose upgrade project map [PDF 186KB]


This upgrade will benefit the community by improving traffic flow along Canterbury Road and reduce travel times through this area, especially during peak times. Other benefits are:

  • Reduced congestion for commuters, the local community and commercial operators
  • Increased capacity at key intersections
  • More reliable journey times
  • Improved amenity and safety for pedestrians at the Montrose intersection
  • The new traffic lights will be linked with other intersections along Canterbury Road to ensure smooth traffic flow during peak periods

Community involvement

We will ensure local residents and businesses can have their say before we finalise the designs for this project.

We’re also talking to the Montrose Township Group, Yarra Ranges Council, Maroondah City Council, local businesses and the Montrose CFA to understand your local community.

We’d like to hear from the community to ensure we have considered all local issues before finalising our plans. 

Community Information Session

When: Thursday 7th December 1pm to 7pm
Where: Montrose Town Centre – Community Room 935 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose VIC 3765

What happens next?

We’re continuing with our environmental and cultural heritage assessments and underground service assessments.  We’re also discussing the project with particularly affected businesses. After the community information session, we’ll present the finalised designs to all interested groups.

After we have reviewed all feedback we will be finalising the design of the project and seeking approvals to construct the works. Construction is expected to commence late 2018.

For more information please email at [email protected] or call  John Harris on 9881 8077 or visit

Contact us

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

Email[email protected] 
Call: John Harris on 9881 8077

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