We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road between Diamond Creek and Bridge Inn roads to make journeys in Melbourne’s north quicker, easier and safer


We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road between Kurrak Road and Bridge Inn Road in Yarrambat and Doreen. This project aims to improve safety and traffic flow in the area and will complete the Yan Yean Road corridor with two lanes in each direction between Plenty and Doreen.

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See our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 2.0 MB).

To find out more about the project, visit the Yan Yean Road engagement hub.


As part of Stage 2 of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade, we will:

  • widen the road from one to two lanes in each direction between Kurrak Road and Bridge Inn Road
  • install traffic lights to replace the roundabouts at Orchard Road and Bridge Inn Road
  • install new traffic lights at North Oatlands Road and Bannons Lane
  • install new roundabouts at Heard Avenue and Jorgensen Avenue
  • upgrade the intersection at Ironbark Road
  • add service lanes to give safe access to residential properties
  • build new walking and cycling paths along the full length of the road
  • add a centre and kerb side safety barriers along the road


The Yan Yean Road (Stage 2) Upgrade will:

  • improve traffic flow and travel times
  • improve access to local and growing residential and recreational centres in the north
  • make it easier and safer for you to walk or cycle around your local area
  • provide two lanes in each direction between Diamond Creek and Bridge Inn roads
  • lower the risk and severity of crashes with safety barriers.

Environment Effects Statement

Environmental planning

In October 2018, the Victorian Minister for Planning confirmed that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) was required for the project. The Federal Minister for Environment then determined in April 2019 that the project will be a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

We’re carrying out both these assessments as part of the EES, in accordance with the bilateral agreement between the federal and state governments, to avoid duplicating the environmental assessment process.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will manage the EES process, while an independent inquiry panel appointed by the Minister for Planning will consider all the EES documents and submissions.

The panel will provide a report of recommendations to the Minister for Planning. The minister will then assess the report and provide recommendations to the relevant state authorities for final decisions on the project.

To understand more about the key milestones for the EES, view the timeline.

The EES process

DELWP finalised the Yan Yean Road Stage 2 Upgrade EES Scoping Requirements in June 2019.

The Scoping Requirements set out the specific environmental matters we need to investigate and document in the project’s EES. You can view the EES Scoping Requirements on Planning Victoria’s website.

We will also undertake a variety of other studies to ensure we investigate a broad range of environmental matters. We are currently undertaking studies and investigations to form part of the EES.

View more about the EES studies and investigations.

Technical Reference Group

To provide specialist advice on the EES a Technical Reference Group (TRG) has been set up. The TRG reviews all technical reports and chapters that will form part of the EES. TRG includes representatives from:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Parks Victoria
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Melbourne Water
  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

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