St George's Road, Northcote median opening review

Median openings at unsignalised intersections along St George’s Road, Northcote are closed while Melbourne Water carries out pipeline construction works.

Project Update - August 2017

The five centre median crossings, between Miller Street and Arthurton Road, will re-open as work continues on a plan to make it safer for everybody.

A review is now underway into improving the safety of St Georges Road while balancing the needs of drivers, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians.

The results of a recent community survey will be used to help shape the future of this important transport corridor.

Project background

St George’s Road is separated by a 27m wide centre median that consists of tram lines and a cycle and pedestrian path which carries 1600 cyclists every weekday to and from the northern suburbs. 

A review of the crash history shows there were 61 casualty crashes on St George’s Rd between Arthurton Road and Miller Street in five years prior to 30 June 2016. 14 crashes occurred at the centre median openings. 

In 2015, the City of Darebin commissioned a safety study, which recommended closing most of the centre medians between Merri Parade and Murray Road to address safety concerns.

About the project

The M40 pipeline is a critical link in the distribution network and supplies drinking water to Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs.

Works are currently underway along St George’s Road, Northcote to renew the existing water mains. The project commenced in mid-November 2016 and is expected to take twelve months to complete.

The median openings at the following unsignalised intersections along St George’s Road have been closed for the duration of the construction works.

  • Beavers Road
  • Beaconsfield Parade
  • Gadd St
  • Woolton Avenue
  • Watt Street

Community involvement

We received over 2300 responses, with feedback covering a range of themes including traffic flow and safety. We had a number of people who wanted the medians closed to improve safety for cyclists; there was also consistent feedback that closing all five medians will increase traffic congestion and limit access to local amenities, businesses and schools.
 
A detailed summary and detailed report of the survey results are  available here. 

What happens next?

The five centre median crossings, between Miller Street and Arthurton Road, will re-open as work continues on a plan to make it safer for everybody. 

Any future proposal to reduce the number of unsignalised median openings along St Georges Road will need to ensure the right balance between mobility and safety for all road users. 

Documents:

St Georges Road, Northcote median opening review

Community Consultation Report August 2017 [PDF 1.8Mb,18pages]

Community Consultation Report Appendix 1 - survey responses [PDF 2.2Mb, 206pages]

Information Update August 2017 [PDF 105Kb]

 

Contact us

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

Email: [email protected]

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