Overview

The Epping Road Upgrade is part of the Northern Roads Upgrade which will improve six main roads in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

As part of the Epping Road Upgrade, we’ll:

  • add an extra lane in each direction between Craigieburn Road East and Memorial Avenue
  • install new traffic lights at Park Street
  • upgrade existing intersections in the area
  • upgrade the pedestrian traffic lights at Taggerty Grove
  • build a new shared walking and cycling path
  • add on-road bicycle lanes
  • install safety barriers along the road.

Benefits

This upgrade will:

  • improve traffic flow and travel times
  • provide better north-south road connectivity
  • provide easier access to jobs and services, including the Epping activity centre, increasing liveability and commercial development opportunities for the Wollert area
  • make it easier and safer for you to walk or cycle around your local area
  • lower the risk and severity of crashes by adding safety barriers.

Contract award

We expect to award a contract in mid-2020 with construction to start on the Northern Roads Upgrade from late 2020. We’ll know more about the exact timing of the Epping Road Upgrade later this year.

Community feedback

In September and October 2018, we shared our proposed design of the Epping Road Upgrade.

Public consultation was promoted through a range of engagement activities including letter box drops, newspaper advertisements, social media advertisements, letters, emails, a community pop up event and engagement with local councils.

We received over 180 pieces of feedback about the Epping Road Upgrade. We then provided this feedback to the project team who used it to refine the proposed design.

The consultation led to the following design changes, we’ll now:

  • include a new U-turn along Epping Road between Taggerty Grove and Fletcher Street, as well as moving the proposed U-turn closer to Jordi Place. This will provide better access to side streets and local businesses
  • retain on-road bicycle lanes along Epping Road between Lyndarum Drive and Memorial Avenue.

Throughout 2019 and 2020 we’ve door knocked local residents, distributed project updates, emails and attended local community events to continue raising awareness of the upgrade.

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