Update - September 2021
There has been significant progress in the construction of the new safer intersection at the Station and Saunders Roads intersection.
The majority of concrete kerb has been completed with footpaths, bluestone paving and topsoil works ongoing. Traffic signal and light poles have been erected however are not yet in operation.
During September asphalt will be completed on the newly constructed north bound (towards New Gisborne) lanes. In early October, the top road layers will be completed over the entire project.
During this time traffic management will change frequently and detours will be in place at times around the site for up to five days, weather permitting. Please follow the signs at all times and take additional care for your safety and the safety of others while you drive and ride through the intersection.
Landscaping will occur during October and November and we expect the traffic signals to be operating from early October.
We’re excited that we expect the project to be completed by the end of 2021, six months ahead of schedule, meaning that this intersection will be completed before works commence at the nearby Melbourne Road and Kilmore Road intersection upgrade.
Construction of the new road surface is underway during September
Find out more about projects in the Gisborne area.
To support the growth and development of the Gisborne area, the Victorian Government is investing $11.7 million to upgrade the Station/Saunders Roads (Gisborne-Kilmore Road) intersection in New Gisborne.
Based on our planning investigations and consultation with the community, we’ve developed a solution to upgrade this busy intersection to:
- improve traffic flow
- improve safety for pedestrians
- improve safety for cyclists
- support the local economy
- support the efficiency of the road network.
From 2011–2014, we worked with Macedon Ranges Shire Council to investigate options to improve the way people and traffic move through the busy and growing Gisborne area. This included:
- community consultation
- stakeholder meetings to hear ideas from the local community groups
- information gathering about traffic volume and movement including data on pedestrians and other road users
- engaging specialist traffic engineer advice
- drafting concept designs.
As a result of our investigations, we have already upgraded the Calder Freeway - Station Road intersections with the installation of two roundabouts.
Our design for the Station Road and Saunders Road intersection upgrade includes:
- installation of traffic signals
- dedicated right turn lane out of Saunders Road
- left-turn slip lanes to help vehicles turn into and out of Saunders Road
- new pedestrian crossings including traffic signals across Station Road to the shared paths near the intersection and a zebra crossing to be installed in the north bound service lane of Station Road.
Traffic signals will:
- increase safety at the intersection, especially for pedestrians accessing nearby aged care and childcare, local schools and train station
- reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for local and commuting traffic
- improve safety and efficiency for heavy trucks and vehicles accessing New Gisborne’s industrial precinct
- support Gisborne’s local economy by facilitating the growth of New Gisborne’s industrial precinct
- support active transport for locals making short trips within the Gisborne area.
Frequently asked questions
Why are traffic lights proposed instead of a roundabout?
The benefits of traffic lights over a roundabout were identified as:
- no land acquisition required
- safer pedestrian crossing facilities
- fewer trees to be removed;
- provides gaps in traffic to assist traffic entering at nearby intersections.
By installing pedestrian crossing lights at this intersection and providing an on-road bike lane, this project will:
- increase access to local community and education centres
- support active transport for short trips within Gisborne
- increase safety for all road users at this intersection.
How have the community and stakeholders been involved?
From 2011 – 2014, we conducted many activities in collaboration with Macedon Ranges Shire Council to investigate ways to support the growth of the Gisborne area. Further community consultation was undertaken in early 2018 to gather community feedback on the Station Road-Saunders Road intersection proposals. Feedback collected from these earlier consultations were incorporated into the concept design, which formed the basis for the construction of the proposed traffic lights.
Will trees need to be removed to construct the proposed traffic signals?
To make room for the safer signalised intersection and pedestrian crossings near the local childcare centre and aged care home, 18 trees will need to be removed.
No-one likes to see trees being removed but it’s great to know the local environment is being supported in other ways with more than a thousand native seedlings already settling in at Magnet Hill.
We’re working closely with Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to repurpose and reuse removed timber following community consultation during the design phase of the project. We’re also working with Macedon Ranges Shire Council on landscaping options for the traffic signals.
Do the slip lanes allow left turns against the lights?
Yes and this will prevent the banking up of vehicles.
Tell me more about the raised safety platform.
Our Safe System approach recognises that people, as road users, make mistakes. In a Safe System, roads should be designed to reduce the severity of injury if crashes do occur. Raised safety platforms are speed management treatments capable of reducing the maximum comfortable operating speed for a vehicle and lowering the overall speed of vehicles closer to a Safe System collision speed. The raised safety platform is proposed for the south bound side of Station Road.
Will there be turning through the median?
To reduce the likelihood of crashes and serious injuries there will be no openings for vehicles in the median to increase safety. Vehicles will need to drive 350 metres and use the roundabout to turn.
Can traffic signals cause queuing up of traffic?
Our specialist traffic engineers have undertaken modelling based on traffic counts in 2011 and 2015 and future growth projections. The modelling and analysis are based on the predicted future peak hourly flows, which then in turn is able to predict queue lengths and delay times. The analysis undertaken has found that the proposed traffic lights will meet the required performance targets for the future peak hour traffic demand, as well as providing better facilities for walking and cycling.
The signals will also be dynamic and able to adapt for volume and demand, to either speed up, or slow down the sequence when there are unexpected conditions to minimise delays, including during peak school drop off and pick up times.
Tell me more about the footpaths and connections.
The footpath will stay on the same side as it currently is, the east side of Station Road. The existing footpath on the service road will also remain. Pedestrians with homes behind the service road will be able to cross Station Road safely. We’ll work with Macedon Ranges Shire Council on whether to develop other connections.
How will traffic be managed during construction?
We'll work to keep disruptions to a minimum. We'll provide updates about changed traffic conditions providing advanced notice through letterbox drops and door-knocks, we will also update our webpage.
Can an alternate truck route or truck bypass be considered?
The need for an alternative truck route or bypass could be investigated, subject to future funding availability. If it can be clearly demonstrated though a more comprehensive and broader consideration of traffic demand and people movement, including robust traffic modelling and detailed traffic surveys. This would also need to consider the broader movement of traffic, such as the development of the outer metropolitan road, and its potential impact on truck movements. This will need to be considered against other priority road planning projects.
Can anything be done about noise?
We have a noise policy that is used to manage traffic noise along our arterial roads. Given the nature of residential property accesses and amenity, noise measures such as noise walls are not practical or effective in this situation. We will look at signage to discourage the use of truck engine brakes near residential areas.
What can be done to stop ‘rat running’ along the Station Road service road and Farrell Street?
We’ll work with Macedon Ranges Shire Council on monitoring traffic changes once the intersection is finished. Macedon Ranges Shire Council will then make a decision on any action, depending on the results of the monitoring.
Get in touch
If you’d like more information or have any questions, please get in touch.
Write: Regional Roads Victoria, 53-61 Lansell Street, East Bendigo, VIC 3550