Canterbury Road upgrade

The upgrade of Canterbury Road will improve traffic flow and ease congestion for those travelling through the area towards Montrose. 

Project update - April 2019

Works on Stage 1 of the Canterbury Road upgrade to build an additional lane between Dorset Road and Liverpool Road outbound will commence mid-2019. 

VicRoads will be engaging with local community and businesses within the Bayswater Industrial Precinct over the coming months to inform about the construction impacts and the strategies we will be implementing to minimise disruption. 

Prior to works commencing, VicRoads will be providing the community with an opportunity to meet with staff to ask questions and find out more about the project. 

Project background

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

The 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

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

The project will be completed in three separate stages to minimise construction impacts for motorists and the local community.

  • Stage 1 - addition of a third lane along Canterbury Road, in the outbound direction, between Dorset Road and Liverpool Road. Construction is likely to commence mid-2019
  • Stage 2 - Montrose intersection upgrade - replacing the existing roundabout with traffic signals. Further design elements need to be worked through for this stage, including landscaping and urban design, and planning approvals need to be sought. Construction of this section is likely to commence in 2020 and is subject to further community engagement and safety and environmental considerations being addressed. 
  • Stage 3 – addition of a third lane along Canterbury Road, in the outbound direction, between Liverpool Road and One Tree Lane. This section is currently in the design development process. 

Image of map showing the proposed road works along Canterbury Road
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This upgrade aims to 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 bus operations
  • 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

Stage 1: 

VicRoads will be working with the Bayswater Industrial Precinct, Shire of Yarra Ranges, City of Maroondah and City of Knox to minimise disruption during construction and maintain access for all traders. 

VicRoads will be engaging with the broader community prior to works starting to provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and learn more about the project.  

Stage 2:

Thank you to those that attended the community information session held in Montrose in December. We received a significant amount of feedback from the community, a summary report can be viewed  Canterbury Road Upgrade Community Feedback Report - August 2018 [PDF 658Kb].

While we’re not able to accommodate all the issues raised by the community, we are refining the design based on the feedback received. We are working with designers, engineers, landscape architects and ecologists to refine the plans, particularly in the Montrose area, for the intersection upgrade. 

We hope to present the refined design for Stage 2 to the Montrose community in the second half of 2019. We appreciate your patience while we continue to work to deliver a design that best fits the needs of the community. 

What happens next?

Stage 1:

Construction of Stage 1 (the addition of a third lane between Dorset Road and Liverpool Road) is expected to commence mid-2019.

Stage 2:

We’re continuing to work with the local community and Shire of Yarra Ranges on Stage 2 from Liverpool Road to Montrose Road to refine the intersection design and look for opportunities to enhance the design to highlight the significance of Montrose as a gateway to The Dandenongs.

Stage 3:

Stage 3 is in a design development process and will continue to be explored as the project progresses. 

Contact us

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

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