Mulder announces makeover for 'confusing roundabout'

Melbourne's key roundabout that services four streets will receive a multi-million dollar upgrade

June 2, 2011

Melbourne’s key roundabout that services four streets will soon feature traffic lights, a pedestrian crossing and bicycle lanes.

The Victorian Government has put aside $2.34 million towards the upgrade of the Haymarket roundabout, which is located at the junctions of Flemington Road, Royal Parade, Elizabeth Street and Peel Street in North Melbourne.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder says the roundabout is a significant gateway into and out of the CBD and is one of the country’s most dangerous.

Almost 80 crashes have occurred at the roundabout since 2000, resulting in 14 serious injuries.

"Many people who have used this confusing roundabout have experienced how dangerous it is, with eight vehicle entry and exit points competing with trams entering from three points," Mulder says.

"Safety at the roundabout will be significantly improved for drivers, trams, bicycles and pedestrians by regulating traffic flow with synchronised traffic lights and pedestrian crossings."

VicRoads will conduct the works during the day, night and on three specified weekends, with partial closures of the roundabout required from 11pm to 5am on Mondays.

Lanes will be closed during weeknights with one open to traffic at all times. The project is due to be completed in September.

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