North Melbourne road safety improvements

We’re improving safety at the intersection of Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street in North Melbourne, as we work towards a future where no one is seriously injured or killed on our roads..


Project Updates – January 2021

Due to under road utility services we’ve had to make changes to our work schedule.

Crews will be onsite for the week commencing Monday, 4 January 2021 for daytime works from Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm.

From mid-January crews will be onsite Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm and nightworks will recommence Sunday to Thursday from 8pm to 5am, weather permitting.

The left turn slip lane on Macaulay Road and right turn slip lane on Arden Street will be closed from Monday 4 January to Friday 15 January 2021 and the speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h near the intersection to keep workers and drivers safe.


To minimise disruption to traffic flow during peak hours, we’ll carry out night works.

Crews will complete trenching works on Sunday to Thursday from 8pm to 5am, using a safer alternative to mechanical digging to prevent damage to utility services below the ground, such as gas lines, water pipes and electrical cables. 

During trenching works, you may notice some noise at the worksite near the intersection. Crews are tracking noise levels to ensure they are kept within the permitted range and ensure noise disruption is reduced where possible. 

We appreciate your patience while we make these vital safety improvements in your area.

Detour information – Fogarty Street and Haines Street 

While crews carry out safety improvements, detours will be in place with traffic controllers on-site to help you move safely through the area. 

Commuters will be able to bypass works at the intersection by using Fogarty Street from Arden Street to travel northbound or Haines Street from Macaulay Road to travel southbound via Abbotsford Street.

If you’re travelling through the area, keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions, plan ahead and allow an extra five minutes for your journey. 

We thank you for your patience while we complete these important safety improvements.

What we’re doing

Road safety improvements 

To make right-hand turns safer and prevent crashes and serious injury, we’re installing:

  • 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

Pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements

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

  • installing a zebra crossing on the left-turn slip lane on Macaulay Road, as you turn onto Arden Street
  • adding a right-turn lane on Arden Street into Dryburgh Street
  • extending the existing right-turn lane on Arden Street to make it easier to turn into Macaulay Road
  • creating 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 installing a concrete median to protect cyclists from left-turning vehicles
  • installing a dedicated right-hook signal 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. 

We’ll resurface the road from Abbottsford Street through to Laurens Street, and parts of Macaulay Road.

To make these safety improvements, we’ll remove three parking spaces on Arden Street between Laurens Street and Abbottsford Street and permanently ban right-turns onto Arden Street from Munster Terrace and Lothian Street.

Why we’re doing this

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.

The traffic signals at Macaulay Road, Arden Street and Dryburgh Street in North Melbourne are being upgraded to reduce the risk between turning vehicles and oncoming traffic, cyclists, or pedestrians crossing the road.

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.

Working with Major Transport Infrastructure Authority and Rail Projects Victoria

Nearby Project: Metro Tunnel.

The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east.

Works on the Metro Tunnel are currently underway nearby, with plans to use Queensbury Street as a detour during the construction period. 

We’ll have alternative detours in place and continue to work with Metro Tunnel to minimise traffic congestion in the area, while we’re making safety improvements at the intersection.

If you’re passing through, please drive safely and keep an eye out for changed traffic conditions.


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. 

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 will connect cyclists via Arden Street to the cycling facilities on Abbotsford Street.

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.

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 14 intersections across metropolitan Melbourne, with another six to be completed in early 2021.

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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