Melbourne - Lancefield Road safety improvements

The State Government has prioritised one of our highest risk, rural roads with a $20 million investment to upgrade safety and save lives as part of Towards Zero

Towards Zero (External link) is the Victorian Government’s vision for a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. It acknowledges that as humans, we make mistakes. That’s why we need to ensure we have a safe road system in place that protects us from our own mistakes and those of others.

Project background

The Melbourne-Lancefield Road from Sunbury to Lancefield is one of the highest risk roads in the state. Between 2012 and 2016, 134 people have been involved in road crashes along this section of road,and as a result two people have lost their lives. 47 of those have been seriously injured with a further 32 sustaining other injuries.

As a result, this has been identified as one of 20 high risk roads in the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan (External link), which is seeing $340 million invested into known crash black spots on more than 2,500km on rural and regional roads across the state. 

About the project

This project includes:

  • widening the centre median outside local townships
  • introducing a flexible centreline safety barrier to reduce the risk of head-on collisions
  • replacing the intersection at Gisborne-Kilmore Road with a roundabout
  • introducing left-hand side flexible safety barriers in high risk locations 
  • new overtaking opportunities to enable motorists to pass one another safely
  • placing rumble strips along the full length of the road
  • widening and sealing the road shoulder to improve safety for road users
  • ensuring safe access to local properties.

Benefits

Road safety improvements to Melbourne-Lancefield Road will reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries occurring, by preventing loss of control and run-off road crashes.

This project is an investment in a holistic innovative approach to safety infrastructure at the most dangerous areas in the road network, supporting people who are much more at risk to be casualties and builds in second chances for when the community inevitably makes a mistake.

This is the Safe System philosophy which guides Towards Zero – it accepts that people will make mistakes on the road but no one should die because of them.

Community involvement

Join us at our upcoming community drop-in session to share your insights on Melbourne-Lancefield Road as we finalise our plans.

Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Place: Annex at the rear of The Lancefield Mechanics Institute, Corner of High Street & The Crescent, Lancefield 3435

What happens next?

We’ll use your feedback to help inform the final design ahead of construction.

Works are expected to start in September 2017.

Contact us

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

Email:  [email protected]


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