Flemington Hill Traffic and Parking Study
The Flemington Hill local area is the area bounded by Mt Alexander Road, Kent Street, Pin Oak Crescent, Racecourse Road and Victoria Street.
Flemington Hill is thriving and ideally located close to great local shops, cafes, public transport and a short journey to Melbourne CBD. These great local amenities mean that a lot of people live, visit and work in the area.
With this, unfortunately, comes parking, traffic and road safety issues. Residents and traders have proactively and positively liaised with us over several years as we have undertaken substantial work to try to address these issues.
From May 2011 to early 2013 we undertook the Flemington Hill Traffic and Parking Study. The study aimed to develop practical solutions to community concerns in relation to traffic and parking conditions within the area.
The outcome of the study and the community’s input was the development of the Flemington Hill Traffic Management Plan and Parking Management Plan which include a range of traffic and parking initiatives.
We are now working to implement these initiatives. You can view all updates on this project below.
We received no written submissions in response to the public notice regarding the proposed relocation of the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street, from Hill Street to Racecourse Road. Therefore, at the Ordinary Meeting on 24 November 2015, Council resolved to:
- Receive and note the report from the Roads Corporation (VicRoads) on the proposed relocation of the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street, from Hill Street to Racecourse Road.
- Note that no public submissions were received in response to the public notice.
- Approve the permanent relocation of the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street, from Hill Street to Racecourse Road, Flemington.
- Commence construction of the permanent relocation of the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street, from Hill Street to Racecourse Road and incorporating the raised pedestrian pavement on Victoria Street at Racecourse Road.
- Write to:
- Melbourne City Council, and provide all assessments completed with respect to the Victoria Street partial road closure relocation and the Flemington Hill truck bans. Noting that Council will complete a review of the effectiveness of the existing Flemington Hill truck bans in Wellington Street, Shields Street, Princes Street and Victoria Street in February 2016.
- Surrounding residents, landowners, traders, key stakeholders, service authorities and public transport providers advising of Council’s decision and outcome of this report.
We will now implement these works, which will result in Victoria Street becoming 'exit only' onto Racecourse Road and will prevent entry into Victoria Street from Racecourse Road. It will also provide Victoria Street local residents and visitors to the area with more flexibility to use the local road network to exit the area.
As part of these works, we will also build a safe crossing for pedestrians by incorporating a raised pedestrian pavement on Victoria Street at Racecourse Road. No on-street parking spaces will be lost.
Construction work is expected to start in early 2016, and we will send a further notification letter to the immediately impacted residents and properties prior to work starting.
We are starting statutory procedures, pursuant to the Local Government Act 1989, for the proposed permanent relocation of the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street, from Hill Street to Racecourse Road.
The proposal is one of traffic and parking initiatives endorsed by Council in May 2013 as a result of the Flemington Hill Traffic and Parking Study.
It will result in Victoria Street becoming exit only onto Racecourse Road and will prevent entry into Victoria Street from Racecourse Road. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Victoria Street with the exception of this intersection.
It will also provide Victoria Street local residents and visitors to the area more flexibility to utilise the local road network to exit the area.
This proposal will also incorporate a raised pedestrian pavement on Victoria Street at Racecourse Road, as well as a raingarden to improve stormwater quality. No on-street parking spaces will be lost.
The detailed design of the proposed partial road closure has taken into consideration the construction of a new vehicle crossover from Victoria Street into an off-street car park at Hopetoun Children’s Centre.
The new car park will be installed in coming months as part of redevelopment works currently underway at the centre. It will provide eight new car spaces for staff, and is expected to reduce on-street parking demands in Victoria Street during centre operating hours. Works on the new car park are scheduled to start in October 2015 and will take approximately three months to complete.
The detailed plan provides more information on this proposal.
The public notice for the proposed permanent relocation of the existing partial road closure will be advertised in the Moonee Valley Leader and Moonee Valley Weekly on Wednesday, 2 September 2015. Information, including how to make a submission, will be posted to surrounding residents and on the public notices page.
The closing date for written submissions is Thursday, 1 October 2015.
We have been working to complete a number of initiatives in the Flemington Hill Traffic and Parking Study’s resulting plans; the Flemington Hill Parking Management and Traffic Management Plans.
There are a number of outstanding outcomes of Council's previous resolutions for the study (dated 28 May 2013 and 27 May 2014). In addition, a number of other projects are being undertaken within the Flemington Hill local area, for example the State Government’s announcement in April 2015 to deliver the CityLink Tulla Widening project (a variation on the April 2014 agreement), and the cancellation of the East West Link project.
A report was therefore presented to Council at its meeting on 28 July 2015 providing an update on the study. At this meeting Council resolved to:
- Implement all adopted and committed traffic management treatments within Flemington Hill in a staged process, as detailed in Appendix A.
- Commence the statutory process to permanently relocate the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street from Hill Street to Racecourse Road under Clause 9 of Schedule 11 of the Local Government Act 1989, as detailed in Appendix B.
- Establish a Special Committee of Council, comprising all Councillors, to consider any written submissions received in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989.
- Publish a public notice in a locally available newspaper giving an outline of the proposed relocation of the existing partial road closure, and stating that Council will receive submissions in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 and further stating that submissions in respect to the proposed relocation of the partial road closure must be and will be considered by a Special Committee of Council (if required) on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 at 6pm.
- Adopt the revised Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM) implementation program, with the Newmarket LATM commencing in 2018/19.
- Receive a further report at the completion of the Origin Destination Survey detailing results of the survey and considering the appropriateness of the commencement of the statutory process for the proposed three-month trial of the six (6) partial road closures within the Flemington Hill local area in light of the changing circumstances and time elapsed
What does this mean?
In summary, this means that Council can now proceed with the following adopted and committed projects:
- Finalise construction of pedestrian and cyclist improvements on Wellington Street roundabouts at the Farnham Street, Waltham Street and Finsbury Street intersections.
- Upgrade of the pedestrian and cyclist access along Queens Avenue and at the intersection of Kent Street and Queens Avenue. This forms part of the Craigieburn Rail Corridor project to develop a walking and cycling route by connecting local streets along the corridor from Essendon Station to Newmarket Station.
- Commence a Kent Street traffic management plan study to improve road safety, traffic and speeding issues.
- Commence the installation of a raised pedestrian pavement on Victoria Street at Racecourse Road (after the process for the proposed relocation of the existing partial road closure of Victoria Street from Hill Street to Racecourse Road is completed).
- Complete a review of the effectiveness of the existing Flemington Hill truck bans in Wellington Street, Shields Street, Princes Street and Victoria Street.
- Commence an Origin Destination Survey for the Newmarket local area which will provide a detailed picture of car journey patterns in and through the local area.
- We will then provide a further report to Council detailing the results of the Origin Destination Survey.
- In this report Council will also consider the appropriateness of starting the statutory process for the proposed three-month trial of the six (6) partial road closures within the Flemington Hill local area.
Flemington Hill residents were sent an update in August 2015. We will continue to keep residents updated as we progress with these projects.
The East West Link is likely to have a significant impact on traffic movements in Flemington Hill, along with others in Moonee Valley. In light of this, at its meeting on 27 May 2014, Council resolved to cease the proposed trial partial road closures in Flemington Hill.
The full Council resolution was to:
- Note the report from the Roads Corporation (VicRoads) on the proposed trial partial road closures.
- Cease the proposed trial partial road closures until the full impacts of the East West Link on roads within Moonee Valley City Council can be assessed, which would include the undertaking of further traffic management studies in Flemington, when the need for closures can be reinvestigated more accurately.
- Proceed with the already adopted traffic and parking management treatments.
- Continue to investigate the potential for traffic signals for the area at the intersections of Mt Alexander Road, Kent Street and Wellington Street.
- Advise the Working Group members, residents and traders within the study area of the outcome of this report.
The full Council report is available (refer to 27 May agenda and minutes).
Why has Council decided to cease the three-month trial of partial closures in Flemington Hill?
In our submission to the East West Link Assessment Committee on the East West Link Comprehensive Impact Statement, we identified that there could be significant impacts on increased traffic and congestion in local streets both during construction and after the East West Link project is built.
Traffic volumes at Ormond Road, Racecourse Road and Mt Alexander Road could be increased, and the intersections to the west of Elliot Avenue ramps (comprising Racecourse Road, Flemington Road, Boundary Road, Mt Alexander Road and Elliot Avenue) could be significantly impacted by the additional traffic accessing the East West Link.
For this reason, we made a request in our submission to the East West Link Assessment Committee for funding to undertake Local Area Traffic Management studies in the local areas of Newmarket, in which Flemington Hill sits, plus Dean and Travancore.
These studies would help us assess, and put in place measures to counteract, any adverse impact caused by the East West Link due to potential ‘rat running’ on local streets.
We are now awaiting the release of the Assessment Committee’s final report and its conclusions in order to better understand the next steps for the East West Link project, including how they intend to address our traffic concerns around Flemington Hill.
In light of this, it would not be practical to proceed with the proposed trial partial road closures within the Flemington Hill area until the full impacts of the East West Link on roads within Moonee Valley can be assessed.
When would these Local Area Traffic Management studies be undertaken?
They would be undertaken after the East West Link construction work had been completed to enable the full impacts of the East West Link on roads within Moonee Valley to be fully considered and assessed.
Will the trial proceed at a later date?
This will depend on the outcome of the Local Area Traffic Management studies in Flemington during which the need for closures will be reinvestigated more accurately in light of the impacts of the East West Link on roads within Moonee Valley.
Will any of the work outlined in the Flemington Hill Traffic and Parking Study, adopted in May 2013, now be undertaken?
Yes, all of the work will take place except the three-month trial of partial road closures. This work comprises:
- Road humps along Victoria Street
- Relocation of partial road closure on Victoria Street from Hill Street to Racecourse Road
- Raised intersection at Bryant Street and High Street
- Further consultation on parking for Pin Oak Crescent, Brighton Street, Farnham Street, Church Street and Bryant Street
These are expected to be undertaken during the 2014/15 financial year and we will keep residents informed going forward.
We will also continue to investigate traffic signals for the area around the intersections of Mt Alexander Road, Kent Street and Wellington Street as a possible way to address ongoing concerns.
Several Flemington Hill residents attended our Public Forum on Tuesday, 8 October 2013 to ask questions regarding the three-month trial of partial road closures. We have put together a Questions and Answers sheet for the community which includes both frequently asked questions plus answers to the specific questions asked by residents at the public forum.
In February we completed a traffic and parking study within the Flemington Hill area (bounded by Mt Alexander Road, Kent Street, Pin Oak Crescent, Racecourse Road and Victoria Street). Thank you to those that took part in the consultation process.
The results of the study were taken to the May 2013 Council meeting. The full report is available (refer to 28 May agenda and minutes).
The two Working Groups for the Flemington Hill area have now each met three times since being established in 2012 and will continue to meet to help implement the results of the study.
We are now in the process of implementing the results of the study as per the Council decision. Below is each part of the resolution and an update on each:
1. Adopt the Traffic Management and Parking Management Plan as presented at Appendix F, including a 3 month trial of partial road closures.
This map shows the six partial road closures that make up the three-month trial. We are in the process of seeking a report from VicRoads (the Roads Corporation) on the trial, in accordance with Schedule 11 of the Local Government Act.
Once the report has been received, the timing of the trial will be determined. Residents will be notified before the trial starts; however at this time we are expecting the trial to take place during the first half of 2014.
2. Prior to the commencement of the trial, consider a report from the Roads Corporation and develop evaluation criteria in consultation with the Working Group.
Before the trial starts, we also need to develop an evaluation criteria to measure the impact of the trial. The criteria will be developed with the community through the working groups, which were set up in 2012 to help address traffic and parking issues for Flemington Hill.
We are in the process of appointing Traffix Group to assist with developing evaluation criteria, designing trial measures and undertaking traffic surveys for the trial.
3. Undertake traffic surveys prior to the consultation of the trial period including consultation with residents to include a survey and feedback opportunities at the local farmers market and Flemington Community Centre.
During the three-month trial period we will be seeking feedback from the community through surveys. We will also attend the farmers market and community centre in Flemington to talk to residents (dates to be determined). We will also undertake traffic surveys both before and during the trial for comparison purposes. This will all form part of the evaluation of the trial.
4. Delegate to a Special Committee of Council comprising Crs Cusack, Marshall, Nation, Chantry, Cornish, Sharpe and Surace, the authority to make a decision on the trial outlined in 1 above.
This special committee will be set up after the trial and will be responsible for deciding whether the trial closures will be made permanent based on community feedback, traffic survey results and the other evaluation criteria (to be determined).
5. Commence the identified parking management items in the following streets as soon as practical:
- Norwood Street
- Lewis Street
- Finsbury Street
Parking sign schedules for Norwood Street, Lewis Street and Finsbury Street are nearing completion and take into account the adopted parking permit areas. These will be installed shortly at which point the new parking arrangements will commence.
6. Undertake further localised consultation on a street by street basis to refine the parking proposals in the following streets:
- Pin Oak Crescent
- Brighton Street
- Farnham Street
- Church Street
- Bryant Street
We will be seeking further feedback on proposed parking changes through a survey to households on these streets. We expect to send these before the end of November 2013.
7. Refer the traffic management items within the adopted Traffic Management Plan to future Capital Works Budget for funding consideration.
We included $100,000 in the 2013/14 capital works budget to undertake other elements of the adopted Traffic Management Plan. These include road humps in Victoria Street, a raised intersection at Bryant and High Streets, and pedestrian treatment at Racecourse Road and Victoria Street.
8. Finalise the required consultation with VicRoads and the Truck Operation Group to gain consent to install the proposed non-local destination truck bans in Wellington Street, Shields Street, Princes Street and Victoria Street as soon as possible.
The Truck Operations Committee has approved the truck bans. We are currently preparing a sign schedule (which details sign locations) to allow VicRoads to approve the installation of the signs. This should take place by the end of September 2013 at which point the truck ban will start.
9. Undertake further development of the proposal to install traffic signals at Kent Street and Mt Alexander Road and advocate to VicRoads for funding of the project.
We are in the process of appointing Traffix Group to undertake further work on the Kent Street/Mt Alexander Road intersection proposal. We expect the concept design to be completed this financial year but the project would be subject to VicRoads’ approval, funding and further consultation with the community and other stakeholders.
10. Advise residents and traders within the Flemington Hill study area of the outcome of this report.
We wrote to all residents and traders in September 2013.
We are currently undertaking a traffic and parking study within the Flemington Hill area (bounded by Mt Alexander Road, Kent Street, Pin Oak Crescent, Racecourse Road and Victoria Street).
The two Working Groups for Flemington Hill have now been established and the first meeting for each group were held in late-July. After fruitful discussions, the next meetings will be held in mid-September, where each Group will develop new proposals for broader community consultation. Council and members of the Working Groups will endeavour to address all concerns when developing new and modifying the current proposals.
Further updates will be provided as study progresses.
For additional information, the below are some parking and traffic data that have been collected within the Flemington Hill area.
Existing Parking Restrictions
Parking Data (Tuesday, 12pm-1pm)
Parking Data (Tuesday, 8pm-9pm)
Parking Data (Friday, 12pm-1pm)
Parking Data (Friday, 8pm-9pm)
Parking Data (Saturday, 12pm-1pm)
Parking Data (Saturday, 8pm-9pm)
Traffic Volumes Comparison
For more information
Please contact the Transport team on 9243 8888 if you have any questions.