We’ve listened to your ideas on how to improve your local streets and create better spaces for the community.

We consulted the community in July and December 2018 on ways we can improve safety and manage traffic flow in Fitzroy North.

We received an overwhelming response from the community. Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute.

Making our streets safer – particularly for children and pedestrians – was a recurring theme in this consultation.

Based on what you told us, we have prepared a local area plan making (LAPM) plan based on this feedback.

Plan highlights

To improve safety and traffic flow, this plan includes:

  • Trialling a median island on Miller Street at Rae Street and White Street
  • Trialling a median island on Holden Street at Brunswick Street North and Dean Street
  • Partial road closure on Rae Street, with no exit to Alexandra Parade
  • Closing the laneway to the west of Rae Street

We will start constructing these early 2020, subject to approval from VicRoads, endorsement from Council, and further community consultation.

The other traffic treatments outlined in the plan will be delivered subject to funding being allocated in future council budgets.

Proposed median islands trial

From early 2020, we will be undertaking two median island trials:

  • Holden Street to stop right-turns in and out of Brunswick Street North and Dean Street.
  • Miller Street, at the intersection between Rae Street and White Street.

The trials will be evaluated over a six-month period. The current trial of right hand turn bans into Brunswick Street North from Holden Street will end in December 2019.

November 2019

We provide Department of Transport (DoT) with a detailed report on the proposed median trial, so they can assess how it will impact other roads. This report includes the traffic analysis. We will also share the report with other stakeholders, including the Yarra community and Moreland City Council. Read the report.

Late 2019 (approximately)

DoT will provide us with feedback on the proposed trial median islands, which may include additional factors to consider. We will also receive feedback on our proposals to close the laneway west of Rae Street, just below York Street, and a partial road closure off Rae Street with no exit to Alexandra Parade.

Late 2019-Early 2020

We will let you know about any updates to the proposed trial.

Early 2020

Councillors will review a further report on the proposed trial at a Council Meeting, together with feedback from DoT, results of the right-turn bans trial from Brunswick Street North into Holden Street and any further submissions from the community, then decide whether or not to proceed with the trial median islands.

Early 2020

If endorsed by Yarra, we will begin constructing the trial median islands. The trial of the islands is expected to be for six months.

Mid 2020

We will evaluate the median island trial. This will include looking at how effective it is, how it impacts traffic, and community views. Council will consider a report on the results of the trial at a Council Meeting.

More information

For more information about this project, check out the FAQs, or our Transport team on 9205 5555 or email info@yarracity.vic.gov.au