Buckley Street impacts - Post consultation update

The survey is now closed and Council appreciates the community taking time and providing us with your comments and feedbacks. Council was pleased to receive 269 comments and responses during the time that the survey was open to the public.

As many people are aware Buckley Street, Essendon, was re-opened to traffic in September 2018, following the construction works to remove the level crossing.

The design of the Buckley Street underpass has changed the way that motor vehicles, bicycles and people now move through the adjoining streets and the local area.

Council is aware that these changes have affected people in different ways, and to date we have received a number of petitions highlighting issues of concern. We are aware that, in some instances, traffic has increased in some streets and while the volume has decreased in other streets.

Local schools have resumed for 2019 and, in the morning and afternoon peaks, students and pedestrians are moving around the area differently to the way they did before the level crossing was removed.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has agreed to appoint consultants to look at the Buckley Street precinct to investigate how it now functions and how people, bikes and vehicles now move around the area. Traffic counts will be undertaken in certain locations to understand how many vehicles use the local roads.

Once this work has been completed, the LXRA may consider undertaking some changes to the local streets, using local area traffic management (LATM) techniques, such as signs and speed humps.

Council considers that any part of a thorough local area movement assessment should including consultation with the local community.

A survey and mapping exercise were established by Council and made available to seek community comments on pedestrian, bicycle and traffic movements in and around Buckley Street since the level crossing has been removed.

A summary of the survey responses is now available for viewing.

The key findings from the survey and the mapping exercise are being collated by the consultants appointed by the Government responsible for undertaking the traffic counts in the area, analysing the results and making recommendation to the LXRP. This report on these matters is expected to be made available late May and will be published on this page.

As a result of the legislation enacted to undertake the Level Crossing Removal project, any final decision on changes to the street network will be undertaken by the State Government.

If you have any further questions please call, Council’s Major Projects Planner on 9243 1182.

The survey is now closed and Council appreciates the community taking time and providing us with your comments and feedbacks. Council was pleased to receive 269 comments and responses during the time that the survey was open to the public.

As many people are aware Buckley Street, Essendon, was re-opened to traffic in September 2018, following the construction works to remove the level crossing.

The design of the Buckley Street underpass has changed the way that motor vehicles, bicycles and people now move through the adjoining streets and the local area.

Council is aware that these changes have affected people in different ways, and to date we have received a number of petitions highlighting issues of concern. We are aware that, in some instances, traffic has increased in some streets and while the volume has decreased in other streets.

Local schools have resumed for 2019 and, in the morning and afternoon peaks, students and pedestrians are moving around the area differently to the way they did before the level crossing was removed.

The Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) has agreed to appoint consultants to look at the Buckley Street precinct to investigate how it now functions and how people, bikes and vehicles now move around the area. Traffic counts will be undertaken in certain locations to understand how many vehicles use the local roads.

Once this work has been completed, the LXRA may consider undertaking some changes to the local streets, using local area traffic management (LATM) techniques, such as signs and speed humps.

Council considers that any part of a thorough local area movement assessment should including consultation with the local community.

A survey and mapping exercise were established by Council and made available to seek community comments on pedestrian, bicycle and traffic movements in and around Buckley Street since the level crossing has been removed.

A summary of the survey responses is now available for viewing.

The key findings from the survey and the mapping exercise are being collated by the consultants appointed by the Government responsible for undertaking the traffic counts in the area, analysing the results and making recommendation to the LXRP. This report on these matters is expected to be made available late May and will be published on this page.

As a result of the legislation enacted to undertake the Level Crossing Removal project, any final decision on changes to the street network will be undertaken by the State Government.

If you have any further questions please call, Council’s Major Projects Planner on 9243 1182.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.