Project update - February 2020

We're upgrading Fitzsimons Lane to make it easier and safer to get you where you need to be.

We've listened to what's important to the community. To date our consultation has attracted more than 9,400 visits to the online hub and website, more than 560 conversations in person and over the phone, and more than 700 pieces of written feedback.

We've worked to bring together community views, traffic needs and environmental values.

We'll upgrade key intersections along Fitzsimons Lane to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide better walking and cycling connections for the 60,000 people who use it every day.

Currently the roundabouts cause delays which can create risks for all road users. People travelling along Fitzsimons Lane will benefit from better and safer journeys travelling through these upgraded intersections.

The Fitzsimons Lane reference design was published on the Your Road Projects website in September 2018. From this time we commenced extensive community consultation. Consultation included an interactive map, online survey, notifications to local residents, advertisements in the local newspaper and on social media and a pop-up event in Eltham Town Square.

Following the initial public consultation, we’ve continued to engage with the community and local stakeholders. This has included door-knocking businesses and residents, meetings with stakeholders and community groups, council briefings, and a pop-up at the Eltham Rotary Festival.

Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane

We’ve listened to what’s important to the community and investigated a number of design options under the relevant technical guidelines, along with analysis from independent consultants.

As a result, we’ve removed two traffic lanes from the Eltham approach. We have also removed the bus priority lanes from all approaches to reduce the footprint of the Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane intersection.

This change has reduced the number of trees that will be impacted, whilst ensuring the community and road users will still benefit from reduced congestion and improved safety.

We have worked to bring together community views, traffic needs and environmental values.

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Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street

The roundabout at Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street will be upgraded to traffic signals. We’ve designed the intersection with additional approach and departure lanes to:

  • move waiting motorists through the intersection in around one traffic light cycle; and
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.

The bus lanes between Porter Street and Foote Street will be opened to all traffic which, in conjunction with the intersection upgrades and bus queue jump lanes, will provide a more efficient and reliable journey for all road users.

We’re working closely with relevant stakeholders to coordinate the relocation of the River Peel sculpture to a new site in the local area.

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Williamsons Road and Foote Street

The intersection of Williamsons Road and Foote Street will be upgraded with additional approach lanes and extended turn lanes. We’ve designed the intersection to:

  • move waiting motorists through the intersection in around one traffic light cycle; and
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.

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Main Road and Leane Drive

The Main Road and Leane Drive intersection will be signalised. This will improve safety, congestion and local access in the area.

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Artist impression

Artist impression of Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road intersection. Concept design only. Subject to change.
Fitzsimons Lane and Main Road intersection - looking toward Templestowe

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