Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive safety improvements

We have improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive in Bundoora under the Australian and Victorian governments’ $97.2 million Targeted Road Safety Works program. The initiative delivers shovel-ready infrastructure projects and urgent road safety improvements across the state.

Project update - December 2021

Crews have completed safety improvement works at Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive intersection.

The new shared-user path on Kingsbury Drive between Ring Road and Plenty Road, constructed as part of these works, is also ready to use.

Speed limits have returned to 70km/h on Plenty Road.

All our works are complete however the Department of Justice crews will be onsite in coming weeks to carry out some minor works at the intersection. These works are not expected to cause major disruptions or traffic delays on Plenty Road.

What we've done

To make the intersection of Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive safer for pedestrians, cyclists and students in the area, we have: 

Improved safety at tram stops

  • installed pedestrian fencing between the tram tracks at the tram stops at Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive intersection to make the area safer for pedestrians
  • installed “Pedestrians Give-way to Trams” signs at the tram stops at Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive intersection, to caution pedestrians and ensure they are giving way to trams
  • widened the concrete median at the tram stops on Plenty Road to improve safety for pedestrians waiting to cross the road.

Improved safety at pedestrian crossings

  • installed raised pedestrian crossings on the left turn lane on Plenty Road into Kingsbury Drive, Kingsbury Drive into Plenty Road and Ring Road into Kingsbury Drive, to make these pedestrian crossings safer for pedestrians
  • installed fencing and widened the pedestrian refuge at the left turn lane on Plenty Road into Kingsbury Drive to improve safety for pedestrians waiting to cross the road
  • widened the pedestrian crossings on Plenty Road to make the road safer for pedestrians crossing the road.

Improved safety at key intersections

  • upgraded the right-turn traffic signals on Dunne Street to separate pedestrians from vehicles turning right onto Plenty Road to make the intersection safer for pedestrians crossing the road
  • installed a paved shared-user path on Kingsbury Drive between Plenty Road and Ring Road to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling to and from the intersection. 

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive

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Background

Pedestrians are completely exposed to the full force of a crash, making them some of the most vulnerable road users. In 2015, an average of 11 per cent of deaths and serious injuries were from crashes involving pedestrians, that’s why we’re investing in road safety infrastructure to reduce the risk to pedestrians.

Infrastructure plays a vital role in preventing serious crashes. It also helps to reduce the severity of crashes when they’re unavoidable.

Mistakes happen, which, as humans, we can’t always avoid. What we can do is build more forgiving road infrastructure so that when a mistake does happen on the road, it doesn’t cost a life.

Between January 2015 and December 2019, there were 18 reported crashes at the intersection and three crashes involving pedestrians resulted in serious injuries.

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive has been made safer thanks to a $1.7 million investment through the Australian and Victorian governments’ $97.2 million Targeted Road Safety Works program.

These safety improvements will encourage drivers to be extra vigilant and look out for other road users at the intersection, especially pedestrians and cyclists.
To see the safety improvement projects in your area visit our Safer Roads interactive map.

Nearby projects on Plenty Road

Plenty Road Safer Speed Limit Trial

We have completed a trial to examine the effects of a change in speed to 70km/h along Plenty Road in Bundoora.

The trial ran from 27 January through to July 2021, between Greenhills Road and McKimmies Road in Bundoora.

Before arriving at any long-term safety solutions, we’re committed to fully understanding your experience of this section of Plenty Road. We are currently reviewing all the community feedback we received during the trial.

Read more about the trial. 

Contact us

If you have any queries 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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