Saunders Road & Station Road Intersection Upgrade

We are working to reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and safety for all road users to support the local economy and population growth of the Gisborne area.

To support the growth and development of the Gisborne area, we have developed a business case to upgrade the intersection of Saunders Road (Gisborne - Kilmore Road) and Station Road. 

Based on our planning investigations and consultation with the community, we’ve developed a solution to upgrade this busy intersection to:

  • reduce congestion
  • improve traffic flow
  • improve safety for pedestrians,
  • improve safety for cyclists
  • support the local economy
  • support the efficiency of the road network
This project forms part of a larger program to support the growth of the Gisborne area, including the recent Calder Freeway-Station Road Intersection upgrade.

Project background

From 2011–2014, we  worked with Macedon Ranges Shire Council to investigate options to improve the way people and traffic move through the busy and growing Gisborne area.  This included:

  • Community consultations
  • Stakeholder meetings to hear ideas from the local community groups
  • Information gathering about traffic volume and movement including data on pedestrians and other road users
  • Engaging specialist traffic engineer advice
  • Drafting concept designs. 

As a result of our investigations, we have already upgraded  the Calder Freeway - Station Road Intersections with the installation of two roundabouts. Now we are preparing to seek government funding for the Saunders Road and Station Road intersection.

Upgrading the intersection of Saunders Road and Station Road aims to:

  • Reduce congestion
  • Improve traffic flow
  • Improve safety for pedestrians accessing nearby aged care and child care facilities, as well as local schools
  • Improve safety for cyclists
  • Support truck and heavy vehicle access to New Gisborne’s industrial precinct 
  • Cater for population growth in the Gisborne area.

About the project

Our design for the Saunders Road and Station Road intersection upgrade includes:

  • Installation of traffic lights
  • Dedicated right turn out of Saunders Road
  • Left-turn slip lanes to help vehicles turn into and out of Saunders Road
  • Formalising pedestrian crossing routes, including signalised crossing across Station Road to the shared paths near the intersection.

Funding and timeline

This intersection upgrade is estimated to cost $8 - 9 million. We’ve developed a business case to be considered for funding in future programs. If funding is approved, we expect this project to be completed within 24 months.

The planning study for this project was funded as part of the Victorian Government’s Planning our Future program - a $21 million investment in the development of future road projects around outer Melbourne and throughout regional Victoria.

Benefits

We considered a proposal for a roundabout, however traffic signals provide greater benefits.  Traffic signals will:

  • Increase safety at the intersection, especially for pedestrians  accessing nearby aged care and childcare, local schools and train station
  • Reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for local and commuting traffic
  • Improve safety and efficiency for heavy trucks and vehicles accessing New Gisborne’s industrial precinct
  • Support Gisborne’s local economy by facilitating the growth of New Gisborne’s industrial precinct
  • Support active transport for locals making short trips within the Gisborne area.

What  happens next?

Once we submit our business case, the government will make a funding decision for this project. We are making a presentation to the community on 15 February 2018 – exploring the safety and traffic flow benefits of proposed traffic signals – register here. We’ll also regularly update this webpage to keep you informed during this process.

Contact us

If you’d like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.

Email:  [email protected]
Call:     (03) 5434 5148
Write:  VicRoads, 53-61 Lansell Street, East Bendigo VIC 3550

 

 

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