Improving road safety in Coburg

We’re improving safety along Bell Street and Sydney Road in Coburg as part of Towards Zero. Towards Zero is a plan to ensure that no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads.

The Victorian Government is investing $1.1 billion into Towards Zero to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria’s roads.

More specifically, $100 million is being allocated to making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Project update - May 2018

We’ve finished constructing the pedestrian crossing at Waterfield Street.

Works have commenced along Bell St and Sydney Rd to prepare for the installation of variable speed limit signs. Once in place, the signed speed limit will change at different times of the day, with asafe speed of 40km/h in place between 7am and 7pm daily.

We are widening the pedestrian crossing at Coburg Primary School in late April 2018.

We will also be  installing line markings along Sydney Rd and Bell St in May 2018.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work towards making Coburg Central safer for the community.

Project background

This project will run on Bell Street between Service Street and Budds Street, and Sydney Road between Bell Street and O’Hea Street, this area is also known as Coburg Central. 

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

In the five year period ending 31 December 2016, there were 61 crashes along this section of Bell Street and Sydney Road, one of these crashes tragically saw one person lose their life.

Road Safety Improvements

The safety improvements we’re making include:

  • new safe speed of 40km/h from 7am-7pm;
  • raised pedestrian priority crossings on side roads in the area to slow down traffic when entering the main roads;
  • improved line marking to encourage drivers to travel at the reduced speed.

Construction of road safety improvements have been completed at the following locations:

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

Community involvement

We recently ran a survey speaking to local 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.
We’ll continue to keep you updated with our works and safety improvements, including any construction activities such as timing, location, changes to road conditions or traffic delays.

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

Contact us

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

Email: [email protected]

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