16 January 2023
The Andrews Labor Government is installing new pedestrian operated signals along a major road in Ascot Vale, making it easier and safer for people to access nearby tram stops, schools and other local amenities.
Works are underway to deliver the $1.4 million upgrade which will see the new pedestrian operated signals installed on Maribyrnong Road near the Moore Street intersection.
The signals include PUFFIN (Pedestrian User-Friendly Intelligent) Crossing technology which detects people using the crossing and automatically adjusts the green time, accordingly, benefiting all pedestrians, cyclists and tram passengers in the area.
A new dedicated left hand turn lane will be introduced from Maribyrnong Road to Moore Street, while new kerb outstands will create separation between cars and commuters entering and exiting trams.
Upgrades to the centre median at Moore Street and signage will also take place, along with new line-marking and resurfacing works to improve safety for pedestrians and road users – including those turning into Maribyrnong Road.
Crews will be on site on weekdays between 9:30am and 4:00pm to complete most of the works, with a single lane closure in each direction of Maribyrnong Road near the works and reduced speeds to keep our crews and road users safe.
Works will be completed at the end of April 2023, weather permitting.
Additionally, tram track renewal works will take place along Maribyrnong Road between Union Road and Clyde Street to continue to deliver safe and reliable tram services in the area.
Yarra Trams will engage with residents and businesses affected by these important works, with more details to be released in coming months.
Quotes attributable for Member for Essendon Danny Pearson
“Maribyrnong Road provides an important connection for local motorists and public transport – there is also high pedestrian numbers for those catching the tram or travelling to local schools and other amenities.”
“This upgrade will make it easier and safer for everyone to get where they need to go.”