Johnston Street improvements

We’re upgrading Johnston Street in Abbotsford near Clarke Street to improve access to the Abbotsford Convent and the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Project update

Works are planned to begin in November 2019 and are expected to be completed by early 2020.

During construction there may be some minor delays on Johnston Street near Clarke Street.

Project background

Johnston Street in Abbotsford serves as the gateway to two of Melbourne’s most well-known attractions, the Abbotsford Convent and the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

The Convent is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct and was visited by more than 600,000 people last year.

The section of Johnston Street between Clarke Street and St Heliers Street is busy and carries more than 5000 vehicles per day. It is particularly busy during the morning and afternoon peaks.

Project details

The Victorian Government is providing $2.9 million for the project which will include:

  • New traffic lights 
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • Improved street lighting
  • A new entrance into the Abbotsford Convent carpark.

Project benefits

These traffic lights will provide a controlled intersection near Clarke Street, which will improve traffic flow along Johnston Street and access to and from the Abbotsford Convent and surrounding precinct.

Adding traffic lights will improve safety for vehicles travelling in all directions and reduce the need for vehicles turning into or from Johnston Street to take unnecessary risks.

The new pedestrian crossings and street lighting will also improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians in the area.

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