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 2 traffic lanes from the Eltham approach. We've 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.

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 2 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.

For more information about the design process, see our design options considered fact sheet.

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 1 traffic light cycle
  • 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 has been relocated from the Fitzsimons Lane and Porter Street roundabout to a site further along Fitzsimons Lane just south of the Yarra River. The new location ensures it will continue to be a gateway piece.

We have been working with the community and stakeholders since 2018, to inform and seek feedback on the project. From the feedback collected we’ve been able to make refinements to the project design including the realignment of the Porter Street eastern section, which saved more than 10 trees including 2 river red gums and 4 sugar gums.

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 1 traffic light cycle
  • ensure turning vehicles don’t block adjacent lanes and cause delays or safety hazards.

Community feedback has also seen design refinements at the Foote Street intersection including maintaining the existing kerb line on Williamsons Road behind Hawtin Street properties by narrowing lanes, widening into the centre median for extended turn lanes and opening the bus lane to through traffic.

We’re preserving as many shrubs and trees as we can, retaining the Williamsons Road mound and not expanding the road width on Williamsons Road behind Hawtin Street properties. As part of the upgrade we will also landscape along verges with new plantings to add to the existing environment.

Main Road and Leane Drive

The Main Road and Leane Drive intersection has been upgraded to become a traffic light intersection. This improves safety, congestion and local access in the area.