Chaotic Roundabout Improvements Finished

Chaotic Roundabout Improvements Finished

Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder

Haymarket Roundabout Now $2.43 Million Safer

Victor P Taffa

The completion of $2.34 Million in safety upgrades will make the notorious Haymarket Roundabout much safer, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced today.

Officially switching on the Haymarket Roundabout traffic lights today, Mr. Mulder said the new lights, pedestrian crossings and bicycle lanes aim to drastically reduce the number of crashes on the roundabout.

“The Haymarket Roundabout is the gateway into the CBD from Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs and over the years has been known as the ‘roundabout of death’.” Mr. Mulder said.

“It’s a confusing and very complex intersection which has resulted in a high number of crashes over the years.”

 

Mr. Mulder said the roundabout had eight vehicle exit and entry points and trams entering from three points.

“Since 2000, there have been 78 recorded crashes at the Haymarket Roundabout, including 14 serious injury crashes.” Mr. Mulder said.

“Many drivers have experienced a dangerous situation or a near miss with another vehicle at this roundabout.”

“The $2.34 Million worth of works will regulate traffic flow and address the causes of crashes.”

Located at the junction of Flemington Road, Royal Parade, Elizabeth Street and Peel Street in North Melbourne, the upgrades will provide a controlled environment for vehicles, trams, bicycles and pedestrians passing through the roundabout.

Mr. Mulder said VicRoads installed traffic lights and pedestrian crossings at all four roundabout entrances and dedicated bicycle lanes with green pavement to provide further amenities for Melbourne’s growing cycling community.

Later this year VicRoads and Yarra Trams will complete tram stop upgrades at the roundabout on Elizabeth Street, which will include two platform tram stops and pedestrian crossings.

“These upgraded platforms will increase safety and accessibility for tram users at this busy location.” Mr. Mulder said.

Mr. Mulder said the works included:

  • Installing traffic lights at the roundabout
  • Installing pedestrian crossings at all four intersections
  • Asphalt resurfacing works including the addition of new traffic lanes and bicycle lanes
  • Installing new line markings including green bicycle lane markings
  • Modifying the Peel Street approach between Bedford Street and Flemington Road outbound to provide safer access onto and through the roundabout
  • Installing new signs on all approaches to and within the roundabout
  • Changing some parking restrictions

“We are committed to improving road safety and this major upgrade to the Haymarket Roundabout will benefit all road users.” Mr. Mulder said.