What have you considered as part of the design?

We’ve gained an in-depth understanding of your local area to make sure we design the best solution for the upgrade. If you live on Yan Yean Road, we’ve already started to work with you to understand how the upgrade might affect you. Your input helps us find better solutions for everyone. We’ve also used State and Federal guidelines to survey land, groundwater and surface water conditions. As part of this, we checked the area for:

- air quality

- noise

- biodiversity – including flora and fauna

- tree conditions

- identified local cultural heritage values.

What are the design benefits?

Stage 2 of the Yan Yean Road upgrade will make it quicker, easier and safer for you to get to where you’re going in Melbourne’s north. It will:

- increase the road capacity of Yan Yean Road from Diamond Creek Road to Bridge Inn Road

- improve traffic flow, which means you’ll have reduced and more consistent travel times

- lower risk of crashes at intersections due to upgraded traffic lights and roundabouts

- avoid head-on crashes due to a new centre median strip with a safety barrier

- make it safer and easier to access properties on steep land near the Ironbark Road intersection

- make it safer and easier for you to walk and cycle through the area on a new shared-use path and footpath

For more information about the benefits of the proposed design for Stage 2, view the project fact sheet.

What does the planning process look like?

As part of our planning process, we prepare and submit a report that outlines the required investigations for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s (DELWPs) consideration. DELWP then decides whether we’ve sufficiently investigated the area to rezone the land for road use.

The report includes our in-depth investigations into your local area, the same ones used to create the upgrade’s design. We’ll consider your feedback in the development of the final design and document it in the planning report.

When we finalise the report, we’ll share it with you. Technical reports used in preparing the planning report will be made available during an upcoming 6-week public exhibition period.

What are the environmental considerations?

We aim to have the lowest possible impact on flora and fauna and minimise the land needed for the project.

To that end, we’ve planned a narrower centre median strip, steeper batter slopes and retaining walls to minimise our impact on the local landscape. Unfortunately, we’ll still need to remove some vegetation to make room for the new lanes.

We’re still investigating how the project may affect the environment, and we’ll share our findings with you when the results of our technical investigations are known.

At the end of the project, we’ll replant trees and vegetation to complement the existing look and feel of the local area. Where possible, we’ll replant with trees and shrubs that have been grown from seeds sourced from the project site.

Why will the design impact on existing access?

Dangerous right-hand turns across fast-moving traffic have become a serious issue on Yan Yean Road. To improve safety on the road, we propose to add a centre median strip with flexible safety barriers to help prevent crashes. If you’re on Yan Yean Road or the streets that join it, the proposed centre median strip will mean you’ll only be able to turn left into or out of Yan Yean Road. To turn right, you’ll need to turn around at the nearest safe u-turn opportunity.