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 project will improve safety and traffic flow through Plenty, Yarrambat and Doreen.

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

The Public Hearing process for the project’s Environment Effects Statement (EES) concluded in mid-December 2020. The Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) appointed by the Minister for Planning to assess the project’s EES, prepared a detailed report and made a recommendation to the Minister.

After careful consideration, the Minister has concluded that the project can proceed with some recommended updates to the Environmental Management Framework (EMF) and Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) established for the project. This will help to make sure that impacts on the environment and local heritage are minimised and local wildlife like the critically endangered Swift Parrot and Grey-headed Flying Fox are protected.

Read the Minister’s Assessment.

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, 112.8 KB). This concept design map was developed in August 2020 and will be updated when a detailed design is developed for the project.

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

Design updates

The Minister 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 consider while developing the detailed design for the project. 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 for the project, 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.

Benefits

The project 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 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.

Next steps

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

We aim to have a contractor onboard by early 2022 to deliver the project.

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