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

Overview

We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road between Kurrak Road, Yarrambat and Bridge Inn Road, Doreen. The upgrade will build on benefits provided by Stage 1 to improve safety and traffic flow through Plenty, Yarrambat and Doreen.

For the latest community update, read the June 2021 Community Update newsletter (PDF, 928.3 KB).

Yan Yean Road Upgrade – Stage 2 went through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process in 2020.  The Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) appointed by the Minister for Planning to assess the EES, prepared a detailed report and made a recommendation to the Minister for Planning in February 2021. In March 2021, the Minister for Planning released their Assessment and concluded that the upgrade could proceed with some recommended updates.

Design

For Stage 2 of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade, we'll:

  • widen the road from one to two lanes in each direction between Kurrak and Bridge Inn roads
  • install traffic lights to replace the roundabouts at Orchard and Bridge Inn roads
  • install new traffic lights at North Oatlands Road, Bannons Lane and Jorgensen Avenue
  • install new roundabouts at Heard Avenue and Youngs Road
  • upgrade the traffic lights at Ironbark Road
  • build new walking and cycling paths along the full length of the road
  • add centre median and kerb side safety barriers along the road.
A map of the Yan Yean upgrade highlighting service roads,upgraded intersection with roundabouts, upgraded intersection with traffic lights, left in left out access, suitable for heavy vehicle u-turns, new walking/cycling paths, new footpath and two lanes in each direction.

View a larger version of the Yan Yean Road Stage 2 map (PDF, 116.7 KB). This concept design map was developed in August 2020 and will be updated when a design is developed.

View the roll plot map (PDF, 7.0 MB) for a more detailed version of the concept design developed in August 2020.

Benefits

The upgrade will:

  • reduce travel times and improve traffic flow
  • improve access to local and growing residential and recreational centres in the north
  • make it easier and safer for you to walk and 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.

Design updates

The Minister for Planning has endorsed the design that was exhibited in the EES. This includes realigning the intersection at Bridge Inn Road intersection to the north east to protect the two River Red Gum trees and the old Doreen Post Office building currently on the corner of Doctors Gully Road and Yan Yean Road.

The Minister made some further recommendations for the Bridge Inn Road intersection, suggesting that MRPV consider:

  • improved connectivity in and out of the Doreen Business Precinct and Doreen Recreation Reserve
  • directional signage into the Doreen Business Precinct to improve visibility from Yan Yean Road.

There were some additional recommendations in the Minister’s Assessment that MRPV will consider while developing the reference design. We’ll:

  • consider improving access to Yarrambat Park to support safe emergency access for the CFA
  • look to provide improved access to the Yarrambat Park Public Golf Course
  • consider improving access to the Yarrambat Primary School in the detailed design for the project
  • consider an alternate cross-section north of Bannons Lane to improve safe access for the abutting residents.

The Minister’s Assessment also requested further environmental requirements, including:

  • development of a Fauna Management Plan that includes kangaroo-specific management measures
  • realigning golf holes within the Yarrambat Park Golf Course to avoid the need for a fence that could impact local flying fauna
  • develop and implement a Bridge Inn Road/Yan Yean Road Surplus Land Use Plan in consultation with Whittlesea City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council to support the landscaping outcomes at the Bridge Inn Road intersection.

Interactive map

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

The map shows the proposed changes and upgrades 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.

This map was developed in August 2020 and reflects the concept design for the upgrade. A reference design will be developed based on the recommendations made in the Minister’s Assessment.

Image of the Yan Yean road upgrade map with a button covering it stating

Access changes

Access will change to left in, left out along the majority of Yan Yean Road. Eight intersections will be upgraded with traffic lights or a roundabout and the majority of uncontrolled right turn access to local roads and properties along Yan Yean Road will be removed. We'll also install safety barriers in the centre medians and along the side of 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.

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 upgrade is complete.

An aerial image artist impression of Bridge Inn Road intersection. The bottom left corner has housing and property whereas the other areas surrounding the intersection is full of bare land.
An aerial image of Bridge Inn Road intersection in its existing state. The bottom left corner has housing and property whereas the other areas surrounding the intersection is full of bare land.

Next steps

We’ll obtain the relevant planning and environment approvals and commence the land acquisition process.

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