We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road to make journeys in Melbourne's north quicker, easier and safer.

Project overview

We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road to help you get home safer and sooner.

The Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 will continue the upgrade of Yan Yean Road, adding an additional lane in each direction between Kurrak Road, Yarrambat and Bridge Inn Road, Doreen.

The EES for Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 examines the potential environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of the project and identifies how they will be avoided, mitigated or managed. To inform the EES for the project, we completed a series of technical investigations. The EES process is overseen by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The EES exhibition period is now closed. Public submissions made between 31 August and 5pm on 9 October 2020 are being managed by Planning Panels Victoria.

The EES Public Hearing ran over 12 days between 30 November and 16 December 2020. The purpose of the Public Hearing was to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission and was open for anyone to view proceedings. Now that the Public Hearing has concluded, the Inquiry and Advisory Committee will prepare a detailed report and present their findings to the Minister for Planning for consideration.

Interactive map

Click the image below to view an interactive map of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2.

The map shows the changes and upgrades the project will make to the area. Click on the icons to read more about these changes and to see artist's impressions. Please note that the interactive map is incompatible with Internet Explorer.

YYR EES Interactive map

Access changes

Access will change to left in, left out along the majority of Yan Yean Road as part of the project. The project involves upgrading eight intersections with traffic lights or a roundabout and removing the majority of right turn access to local roads and properties along Yan Yean Road. We'll also install safety barriers in the centre medians and by the roadside along the road. These changes will greatly improve traffic flow and safety by preventing drivers from making risky and uncontrolled right turns.

Some community members might find that they’re having to travel a slightly further distance to get where they need to go. Although this may mean a little longer travel distance, your journey will become more reliable, quicker and much safer once the road is upgraded.

Watch this video about access changes on the project.
What is an EES?


The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 examines the potential environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of the project and identifies how they will be avoided, mitigated or managed. To inform the EES for the project, we completed a series of technical investigations. The EES process is overseen by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

The EES exhibition period is now closed. Public submissions made between 31 August and 5pm on 9 October 2020 are being managed by Planning Panels Victoria.

What's included in the EES?

The Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 EES includes a main EES report that examines the environmental, social, cultural and economic effects of the proposed project and recommends ways to avoid, minimise, manage or offset any adverse effects. The EES documents also include a map book, technical reports and the draft Planning Scheme Amendment.

To inform the EES for the project, we engaged a team of independent specialists to carry out a series of technical investigations and collate the results into a number of reports.

The areas of study include:

  • effects on transport capacity and connectivity
  • effects on biodiversity, including arboriculture, flora and fauna
  • effects on cultural values, including Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage
  • effects on land uses, businesses and social assets
  • effects on the physical environment, including air quality, surface water, groundwater, land contamination, noise and vibration
  • developing a Landscape Strategy for the project.
Find out about the areas of study in the EES.

The EES exhibition

The EES exhibition provided an opportunity for members of the public to submit their views on the Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 EES for consideration by the relevant decision makers.

Accessing the EES

All of the EES documents are available on the EES documents page.

EES documents

The full EES report and all EES attachments are available below. These documents are also available in accessible plain text versions. The EES has been split into chapters for easy access.

EES summary documents
TitlePDFWord (Accessible)
Summary Document Download (PDF, 11.3 MB)Download (DOCX, 1.0 MB)
EES Overview Fact Sheet Download (PDF, 3.3 MB)Download (DOCX, 371.7 KB)

EES chapters
TitlePDFWord (Accessible)
Part 1 - EES introductory ChaptersEES Chapter 00 - Executive SummaryDownload (PDF, 9.2 MB)Download (DOCX, 5.0 MB)
 EES Chapter 01 – IntroductionDownload (PDF, 2.5 MB)Download (DOCX, 3.0 MB)
 EES Chapter 02 – Project RationaleDownload (PDF, 5.9 MB)Download (DOCX, 4.1 MB)

EES Chapter 03 – Project Development

Download (PDF, 1.4 MB)Download (DOCX, 2.8 MB)

EES Chapter 04 – Environment Effects Statement Assessment Framework

Download (PDF, 1.7 MB)Download (DOCX, 2.6 MB)
 EES Chapter 05 – Project DescriptionDownload (PDF, 3.8 MB)Download (DOCX, 5.3 MB)
 EES Chapter 06 – Communications and EngagementDownload (PDF, 2.9 MB)Download (DOCX, 4.1 MB)
Part 2 - EES Impact Assessment Chapters: Responding to the Scoping RequirementsEES Chapter 07 – Effects on Transport Capacity and ConnectivityDownload (PDF, 13.0 MB)Download (DOCX, 11.5 MB)
 EES Chapter 08 – Effects on BiodiversityDownload (PDF, 20.9 MB)Download (DOCX, 8.4 MB)
 EES Chapter 09 – Effects on Social and Cultural ValuesDownload (PDF, 10.2 MB)Download (DOCX, 7.4 MB)
Part 3 – EES Impact Assessment Chapters: Additional Impact Assessment SummariesEES Chapter 10 – Effects on Land Uses, Businesses and Social AssetsDownload (PDF, 2.6 MB)Download (DOCX, 3.5 MB)
 EES Chapter 11 – Effects on Physical EnvironmentDownload (PDF, 5.8 MB)Download (DOCX, 7.4 MB)
Part 4 – EES Environmental Management and Conclusion

EES Chapter 12 – Environmental Management Framework

Download (PDF, 2.1 MB)Download (DOCX, 2.6 MB)
 EES Chapter 13 – ConclusionDownload (PDF, 2.0 MB)Download (DOCX, 2.5 MB)

EES attachments
TitlePDFWord (Accessible)
EES Attachment I – Draft PSADownload (PDF, 3.2 MB)Download (DOCX, 6.1 MB)

EES Attachment II – Legislation and Policy

Download (PDF, 2.6 MB)Download (DOCX, 2.5 MB)
EES Attachment III – Environmental Risk Assessment ReportDownload (PDF, 3.7 MB)Download (DOCX, 501.8 KB)
EES Attachment IV – Communications and Stakeholder Engagement ReportDownload (PDF, 4.0 MB)Download (DOCX, 22.1 MB)
EES Attachment V – Swift Parrot Management PlanDownload (PDF, 13.7 MB)Download (DOCX, 9.5 MB)
EES Attachment VI – Map BookDownload (PDF, 39.6 MB)Download (DOCX, 32.3 MB)

EES appendices – specialist technical assessments (additional appendices below)
TitlePDFWord (Accessible)
Technical Report A - Transport Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 33.9 MB)Download (DOCX, 46.9 MB)
Technical Report B1 – Biodiversity Existing Conditions ReportDownload (PDF, 31.5 MB)Download (DOCX, 16.5 MB)
Technical Report B2 – Biodiversity Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 10.9 MB)Download (DOCX, 33.3 MB)
Technical Report C - Arboriculture AssessmentDownload (PDF, 4.1 MB)Download (DOCX, 55.1 MB)
Technical Report D - Social Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 11.4 MB)Download (DOCX, 14.5 MB)
Technical Report E - Business Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 2.5 MB)Download (DOCX, 21.3 MB)
Technical Report F - Aboriginal and Historical Cultural Heritage Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 41.2 MB)Download (DOCX, 63.4 MB)
Technical Report G - Landscape StrategyDownload (PDF, 23.0 MB)Download (DOCX, 68.6 MB)
Technical Report H - Planning and Land Use Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 12.2 MB)Download (DOCX, 13.1 MB)
Technical Report I - Noise and Vibration Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 19.0 MB)Download (DOCX, 7.2 MB)
Technical Report J - Groundwater Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 14.8 MB)Download (DOCX, 8.7 MB)
Technical Report K - Contaminated Land Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 18.4 MB)Download (DOCX, 1.5 MB)
Technical Report L - Surface Water Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 11.9 MB)Download (DOCX, 9.1 MB)
Technical Report M - Air Quality Impact AssessmentDownload (PDF, 18.7 MB)Download (DOCX, 13.0 MB)

Peer reviews
TitlePDFWord (Accessible)
Peer Review N – Transport Peer ReviewDownload (PDF, 86.3 KB)Download (DOCX, 24.2 KB)
Peer Review O – Biodiversity Peer ReviewDownload (PDF, 913.6 KB)Download (DOCX, 1.5 MB)
Peer Review P –Social and Cultural Values Peer ReviewDownload (PDF, 555.5 KB)Download (DOCX, 1.2 MB)

Fact sheets

Bridge Inn Road intersection artist’s impression

Click on the image and drag the slider to see the existing Bridge Inn Road intersection and an artist’s impression of how the area could look after the project is complete.


Frequently asked questions

What is the status of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2?

In October 2018, the Minister for Planning decided the second stage of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade would require an Environment Effects Statement (EES). The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) formed a Technical Reference Group (TRG), which has provided technical advice to both DELWP and Major Road Projects Victoria (MRPV) throughout the preparation of the EES.

MRPV undertook various technical investigations to develop the EES and explore options for the project design that would minimise potential impacts to the environment. The EES is now complete and available to view on the EES documents page.

Are you impacting the River Red Gum trees from the corner of Bridge Inn Road and Doctors Gully Road?

The initial design for the Bridge Inn Road intersection was presented to the community in April 2018 and required the removal of the two River Red Gums on the corner of Doctors Gully Road and Yan Yean Road. In your feedback about the design, you told us that the River Red Gums are an important part of the local identity for many community members. We listened and through the EES process we’ve explored other options that would allow us to retain the River Red Gums.

We developed new design options for the Bridge Inn Road intersection that build around these two trees and asked for your feedback on them in May 2020. Your input contributed to one of those design options being chosen as part of the preferred design for the project. You can view the design for the intersection, as well as for the rest of the project, on our interactive map.

What changes have been made to the project design since the May 2020 consultation?

Based on community feedback and technical investigations, several changes have been made to the project design.

  • Bridge Inn Road intersection- we’ve decided to progress the design presented as Option B during the May 2020 consultation. The design moves the existing intersection to the north-east, preserving the two heritage-listed River Red Gum trees on the corner of Yan Yean Road and Doctors Gully Road.
  • Jorgensen Avenue intersection- a hybrid design with traffic lights and a jug handle will be constructed at the Jorgensen Avenue intersection. The jug handle will provide a safe U-turn opportunity for large vehicles (e.g. buses and cars towing caravans and horse floats).
  • Bannons Lane to Jorgensen Avenue- we’ll construct a wide median to preserve the trees between Bannons Lane and Jorgensen Avenue. In addition, a wide road shoulder will be built on the east side of the road between Bannons Lane and Laurie Street to provide safer access to Yan Yean Road for properties in that area.

You can view the project design on our interactive map.

How will access to businesses change at the Bridge Inn Road intersection?

The project will change access to the businesses near the Bridge Inn Road intersection. The existing road will be converted to an access road, providing safer access to the Doreen Business Precinct and the businesses on the south-east corner of the intersection. Access to the new access road will be left in, left out only.

Road users travelling south on Yan Yean Road can U-turn first at the Orchard Road intersection before turning left to enter the Doreen Business Precinct access road. Road users travelling east on Bridge Inn Road can U-turn at the Bridge Inn Road intersection before turning left into the new access road.

What will happen now that the EES exhibition is over?

The Minister for Planning has appointed an Inquiry and Advisory Committee to evaluate the project, the EES, the Planning Scheme Amendment and all public submissions received.

At this stage, members of the public who made a submission may be invited to formally present their submissions. The Committee will summarise their findings in a report and provide it to the Minister for Planning for consideration.

The Minister for Planning will assess the likely environmental effects of the project, the EES, public submissions, our response to questions raised at the Panel hearing and the Committee’s report. The Minister for Planning will then make their decision on the project. We anticipate that the Minister’s decision will be made by mid-2021.

Will there be further consultation on the design of the project?

The EES exhibition concluded at 5pm on 9 October 2020. Now that the EES exhibition has closed, there’s no further opportunity for public input on the EES.

When will construction on the project begin?

The Minister for Planning has appointed an independent panel to consider submissions made by the community. The panel will assess the impacts and develop a report for the Minister for Planning to consider and make a decision on the next steps for the project. This decision is expected by mid-2021.

After the EES process is complete, the additional planning and environmental approvals will commence and MRPV will progress the procurement process for construction. Construction timeframes will be confirmed after the EES. The project will be delivered by the end of 2025.

You can read more on the key dates page.

Contact us

If you have further questions about the Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 or about the EES, you can phone us on 1800 105 105 or email contact@roadprojects.vic.gov.au.

Key dates

EES public exhibition31 August 2020 to 9 October 2020  
Directions Hearing27 October 2020 
Public Hearing30 November to 16 December 2020 
Minister for Planning makes decision on the Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2Mid-2021 (expected)

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