Cecil and Napier Street - Pedestrian Safety Improvements

We’re upgrading this intersection to make it safer for all users and creating a water sensitive urban design.


Intersection of Cecil and Napier streets, South Melbourne


This project is funded by the Australian Government's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program.

Why are we doing this?

This project provides increased safety and walkability for pedestrians across the intersection resulting in reduced vehicle speed and upgraded footpaths.

The project promotes healthy lifestyle choices by prioritising safe pedestrian travel. This aligns with our focus on reducing barriers to crossing at key intersections, prioritising pedestrian access and delivering safety improvements.

Raingardens help clean stormwater by trapping litter and filtering pollutants before they enter our drains, and eventually the bay. By removing unnecessary asphalt surfaces and replacing them with landscaped space, the project also supports other Council objectives including greening and cooling the City.

In November 2019, Council sent letters to owners and occupiers of adjacent properties informing them of the project proposal.

The impact

There are no major changes or impact to parking at the intersection.

Temporary intersection closures and traffic restrictions will be in place when required during the construction period.


LRCI-funded projects aim to deliver infrastructure and public space changes that will help us improve safety, access and amenity throughout our City.

In addition to providing increased safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, the project replaces old asphalt surfaces with landscaped green areas at the Cecil and Napier Street intersection.

Our community will benefit from these changes through:

  • improved and shorter pedestrian crossing distances
  • reduced vehicle speed
  • bike link or access and improved visibility of the intersection due to the narrowing of the roadway.
  • improved water quality and reduced litter and pollutants entering the Bay.

Next steps

Construction was scheduled to commence in October. The start date has been moved to mid-December 2021 due to delays arising from the Victorian Government construction shutdown. The project is due to be completed by the end of January 2022.