North Melbourne road safety improvements

We’ve improved safety at the intersection of Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street in North Melbourne, to reduce road trauma and save lives.

Project Update - March 2021

Intersection safety improvements on Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street are now complete.

Safety improvements for all road users

The traffic signals at Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street in North Melbourne were upgraded, along with other intersection and road safety improvements, to reduce the risk between turning vehicles and oncoming traffic, cyclists, or pedestrians crossing the road.

Cyclist facilities on Abbotsford Street provide a safer road environment for cyclists travelling southbound to North Melbourne Station and Docklands. The new bike lane on the corner of Macaulay Road and Arden Street connects cyclists via Arden Street to existing cycling facilities on Abbotsford Street. 

Macaulay Road Arden Street and Dryburgh Street Intersection 

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Road safety improvements 

To make right-hand turns safer and prevent crashes and serious injury, we installed:

  • dedicated right-turn signals on all approaches to the Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street intersection
  • a concrete centre median on Arden Street to prevent high-risk right turns out of Munster Terrace and Lothian Street

We permanently banned right-turns onto Arden Street from Munster Terrace and Lothian Street to prevent right-through crashes on Arden Street.

Pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements

To improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, as well as improve traffic flow we also:

  • installed a signalised pedestrian crossing on the left turn slip lane on Macaulay Road, as you turn onto Arden Street
  • installed a zebra crossing on the left turn slip lane on Arden Street, as you turn onto Macaulay Road
  • added a right-turn lane on Arden Street into Dryburgh Street
  • extended the existing right-turn lane on Arden Street to make it easier to turn into Macaulay Road
  • created a green bike lane on the left-turn slip lane of Macaulay Road onto Arden Street to help separate the space for cyclists and road users, and installed a concrete median to protect cyclists from left-turning vehicles
  • installed a dedicated right-hook stop bar at the Arden Street and Abbottsford Street intersection, to prevent crashes between cyclists and vehicles on Arden Street and provide a safer connection to existing cycling facilities. 

Why this intersection?

The intersection of Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street in North Melbourne in a busy intersection, linking commuters and freight providers to the inner CBD, Docklands and North Melbourne Station. 

Between January 2013 and December 2017, 11 crashes involving right-turning vehicles occurred at Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street intersection and five crashes resulted in serious injury.

Having dedicated right-turn signals at the intersection will separate turning vehicles from traffic and pedestrians travelling in other directions.

When traffic light signals include this feature, it reduces crashes between right turning and oncoming vehicles, and also gives pedestrians designated times to cross the road safely.

As road users at the intersection will only be able to turn right at a green arrow, drivers will no longer have to look for gaps in oncoming traffic to turn at the intersection.

Background

Intersections pose a significant safety risk on our road network. With motorists, pedestrians and cyclists making turns and crossing paths, the risk of a collision is very high. 

Collisions at intersections have caused an average of 30% of deaths and 42% of serious injuries on Victorian roads during the past five years from January 2015 to December 2019.

We’re upgrading traffic signals at 20 high-risk intersections across Melbourne to improve safety and traffic flow on our roads. We’ve already improved 19 intersections across metropolitan Melbourne, with one remaining and scheduled to be completed in 2021.

The Victorian Government, in partnership with TAC, is investing $1.4 billion into road safety infrastructure to reduce road trauma and save lives.

To see the intersections we’re upgrading in your area visit our Safer Roads interactive map.

Get in Touch 

If you have any queries or feedback about the controlled right turn program or want to get in touch about works in your area you can either:

Call:      13 11 70
Email:   [email protected]

 

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