We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road between Diamond Creek Road and Kurrak Road 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 Diamond Creek and Doreen.


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

View a larger version of the Yan Yean Stage 2 map (PDF, 127.5 KB)


The Yan Yean Road (Stage 2) Upgrade will:

  • improve traffic flow and travel times
  • improve safety and accessibility to properties on steep land near the Ironbark Road intersection
  • improved 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
  • complete the Yan Yean corridor between Diamond Creek and Doreen
  • lower the risk and severity of crashes with safety barrier.

Environment Effects Statement

Environmental planning

We recognise that the Yan Yean Road Upgrade and other projects in the area impact the environment and community, so we’ve referred the project to the:

  • Victorian Minister for Planning under the Environment Effects Act (1978) who made the decision that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) was required in October 2018. The decision is available on the Planning Victoria website
  • Federal Minister for Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) who determined that the project will be a controlled action. This means we need to make further detailed assessments to better understand the impact the upgrade may have on matters of National Environmental Significance.

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 Minster 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 of the EES, and when you can have your say see below.

Technical Reference Group

To provide specialist advice on the EES a Technical Reference Group (TRG) has been set up. The 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

EES draft Scoping Requirements

DELWP announced that the Yan Yean Road (Stage 2) Upgrade EES draft Scoping Requirements were available for feedback between 30 April and 17 May 2019. The Scoping Requirements set out the specific environmental matters we need to investigate and document in the project’s EES. The draft Scoping Requirements will be finalised soon, following consideration of public comments.

View the EES draft Scoping Requirements on Planning Victoria’s website.

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