Improving road safety in Coburg

We’re improving safety along Bell Street and Sydney Road in Coburg as part of Towards Zero. The State Government is investing $1.4 billion to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injury by 15% on Victoria’s roads.

Update - October 2020

We’ve installed static 40km signs as well as electronic time-based 40/60km/h speed limit signs along Bell Street (between Service Street and Pentridge Boulevard) and Sydney Road (between Bell Street and O’Hea Street), operating at 40km/h between 7am and 7pm.

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


Coburg Central is home to a busy shopping and dining precinct and the Coburg Leisure Centre, making it a hot-spot for pedestrians and traffic.

About the project

Road safety improvements at the following locations are complete:

  • Louisa Street
  • Budds Street
  • Wilson Street
  • Service Street
  • Mary Street
  • Gilmour Street
  • Pentridge Boulevard
  • Rodda Street
  • Russell Street (at Bell Street)
  • Russell Street (at Harding Street)
  • Railway Place
  • McKay Street
  • Waterfield Street.

We have also finished widening the signalised pedestrian crossing at Elm Grove, with all works expected to be complete in August.


In the five-year period ending 31 December 2016, there were 61 crashes along this section on road. Tragically, one person lost their life as a result of one of these crashes. 


The safety improvements we’re making include:

  • implementing a new safe speed of 40km/h from 7am-7pm
  • installing raised pedestrian crossings on side roads to slow down traffic when entering the main roads
  • improving line markings to encourage drivers to travel at the reduced speed.

Have your say

In 2017, we ran a survey to residents, the nearby school community and Moreland City Council to find out their concerns about pedestrian safety in the area. One in three people said they felt unsafe on Bell Street, while one in four said they felt unsafe on Sydney Road. 

View the Coburg Central Road Safety Improvement Survey Report [PDF 376 Kb]

Get in touch

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

Email: [email protected]

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