We're upgrading Fitzsimons Lane to make it easier and safer to get you where you need to be.

Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane

We’ve listened to what’s important to the community and investigated a number of design options under the relevant technical guidelines, along with analysis from independent consultants.

As a result, we’ve removed two traffic lanes from the Eltham approach. We have also removed the bus priority lanes from all approaches to reduce the footprint of the Main Road and Fitzsimons Lane intersection.

This change has reduced the number of trees that will be impacted, whilst ensuring the community and road users will still benefit from reduced congestion and improved safety.

We have worked to bring together community views, traffic needs and environmental values.

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Alternate design option- Main Road intersection

Enhancing the existing roundabout was not progressed for a variety of reasons including it:

  • doesn’t resolve the existing safety issue caused by weaving from the south across Main Road to Bolton Street, and may actually make it worse
  • doesn’t provide the opportunity to link up traffic to the Bolton Street signals
  • provides limited improvement for buses including two SmartBus routes
  • lacks the required performance in the afternoon peak due to insufficient:
    • lanes through the intersection
    • queue space from the south
    • queue space for right turns into Bolton Street
    • alleviation of existing queuing from the west to head south.
  • will still require significant tree and vegetation removal.

These issues mean a roundabout will be less safe, increase the risk of incidents and likely lead to risky driver behaviour.

A fully signalised intersection addresses all of the above and ensures Fitzsimons Lane can continue reliably, catering for future traffic needs in a safe and effective way.

Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street

The roundabout at Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street will be upgraded to traffic signals. We’ve designed the intersection with additional approach and departure lanes to:

  • move waiting motorists through the intersection in around one traffic light cycle; and
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.

The bus lanes between Porter Street and Foote Street will be opened to all traffic which, in conjunction with the intersection upgrades and bus queue jump lanes, will provide a more efficient and reliable journey for all road users.

The iconic River Peel sculpture will be relocated from the Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street roundabout to a site further along Fitzsimons Lane just south of the Yarra River. The new proposed location will ensure it will continue to be a gateway piece.

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Williamsons Road and Foote Street

The intersection of Williamsons Road and Foote Street will be upgraded with additional approach lanes and extended turn lanes. We’ve designed the intersection to:

  • move waiting motorists through the intersection in around one traffic light cycle; and
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.
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Main Road and Leane Drive

The Main Road and Leane Drive intersection will be signalised. This will improve safety, congestion and local access in the area.

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