In June 2020, Council received a petition regarding safety issues at the intersection of Kerferd Road and Montague/Herbert Streets, with 26 local resident signatories. The petition follows a history of concerns raised by the local community regarding this specific intersection, as well as concerns about the entirety of Kerferd Road, where a total of 29 crashes have occurred in the past five years.
In response to the community’s petition, at the ordinary Council Meeting on 1 July 2020, Council resolved to trial traffic safety improvements at this intersection, including closure of the median that crosses over Kerferd Road, for an 18 month period.
These works align closely with the objectives of the Shrine to Sea project announced by the Victorian State Government in 2018 and will be funded by the project. This $13 million project led by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will enhance the safety and amenity of the boulevard that stretches along Albert and Kerferd Roads, from St Kilda Road to Beaconsfield Parade. The safety improvements will be evaluated over the 18 month trial period and used to inform the final design of the Shrine to Sea project.
In practical terms, the trial will include:
- no right turns into Kerferd Road from Montague or Herbert Streets
- no through movements from Montague Street into Herbert Street across Kerferd Road
- no through movement from Herbert Street into Montague Street across Kerferd Road
- at the intersection of Kerferd Road and Montague Street, you will only be able to turn left in and out
- at the intersection of Kerferd Road and Herbert Street, you will only be able to turn left in and out
- temporary landscaping enhancements to the unused road space.
This plan (PDF 604KB) shows the proposed changes.
The trial is expected to commence 1 October 2020, with the temporary landscaping installed at a later date.
You can provide feedback on the proposed trial at any time during the trial through our Have Your Say survey.
If you would like to learn more about the Shrine to Sea Project, visit https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/shrine-to-sea.
At the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on 20 November 2019, Council considered a report evaluating the trial of safety improvements at Alma Road/ Alexandra Street. Council has resolved the following:
1. notes that the trial has been successful in improving safety outcomes in this location
2. endorses the partial median closure along Alma Road at Alexandra Street as a permanent treatment to improve safety for all road users
3. seeks funding for the permanent partial closure through a Black Spot Funding application process
4. advises the community of the outcome of the trial and thanks them for their contributions.
In response to the Integrated Transport Strategy (Move Connect Live) and Outcome 2 of the Council Plan “our community is healthier because it has safe, connected and convenient walking and bike riding choices”, Healthy Tracks to Schools Audits have been undertaken at three primary schools. Infrastructure improvements have been identified at locations that present barriers to pedestrians to support active travel to schools.
Six priority locations (PDF 2 MB) have been identified requiring pedestrian infrastructure upgrades due to the existing crossing widths and the exposure to traffic for vulnerable road users:
- Mary Street & Canterbury Road, St Kilda West
- Meredith Street & Barkly Street. Elwood
- Normandy Road and Glenhuntly Road, Elwood
- St Vincent Place North and Merton Street, Albert Park
- St Vincent Place South and Merton Street, Albert Park
- Lyell Street and Nelson Road, South Melbourne
Proposals that include installation of kerb extensions and at-grade raised pavements, will result in the following benefits:
- reduced crossing widths for pedestrians
- increased pedestrian accessibility provided by the at-grade pavement
- increased sightlines for all road users
- slower vehicle speeds for vehicle entry and egress at the intersections.
These works are proposed to be implemented within the 2019-20 financial year, depending on community support and funding allocation.
Projects have been submitted to VicRoads seeking 50:50 match funding under the TAC Safe Travel in Local Street Funding Program.
If you require any further information, please email email@example.com or alternatively call 9209 6777.
The City of Port Phillip’s Walk Plan 2011-20 is committed to improving our Principal Pedestrian Network. Walking is recognised as a formal mode of travel. Improving walking infrastructure makes walking easier, safer and improves access and connectivity for people of all ages and abilities.
Two raised pavement zebra crossings have been installed at the roundabout of Park Street and Montague Street as shown below. The changes improve safety and priority for pedestrians, including many children of the Galilee Primary School and Albert Park Primary School, and help reduce speed at the intersection.
In July 2020, the intersection of Rouse Street and Dow Street was modified to improve safety and improve pedestrian access. The changes included:
- A raised platform (extended road hump) across the entire intersection to reduce vehicle speed.
- Increased safety for vulnerable road users by creating safer pedestrian crossing locations and improving sight lines.
- New and upgraded footpaths.
- Additional landscaping.
The changes were in response to a history of speeding and crashes at this location. Community consultation was undertaken in September 2018.
Council is responsible for the maintenance of local road infrastructure and assets including roads, footpaths, drainage, signs and street furniture.
The Department of Transport is responsible for road infrastructure and assets on freeways and main roads.
To report a defect on a Council road, please go to Online Services or call ASSIST on (03) 9209 6777.
Council regularly measures traffic volumes and speeds on our roads. Typical traffic volumes are:
- 500 - 3,000 vpd*^ on local streets. Local streets provide access to properties within the local area. Many local streets within the municipality have a 40km/h speed limit.
- 3,000 - 8,000 vpd on collector roads. These roads distribute traffic between local streets and the arterial road network, carrying moderate levels of traffic, sometimes also providing public transport services.
- > 8,000 vpd on arterial roads and major roads, whichcarry high traffic volumes and are designed for major traffic movement across Melbourne. They can provide for public transport services and the movement of freight. State arterial roads are controlled by the Department of Transport.
*vpd: vehicles per day
^ some local streets operate satisfactorily towards the higher limit while others are in the order of 500vpd
Speed is one of the major factors contributing to accidents on our roads.
Council is progressively reducing the speed limit on local streets. Lower speed limits are safer for all road users, especially the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians and bike riders, children and older people.
In order to determine whether the existing speed on a street is within an acceptable range of the posted speed limit, the 85th percentile speed is determined. The 85th percentile speed is the speed that 85 per cent of vehicles travel at or below. If the 85th percentile speed is well-above the speed limit, traffic calming measures and police enforcement may be required to help reduce speeds.
Speed humps are no longer considered an effective traffic management measure, as they only slow vehicles at particular points. They also create noise, and impact the amenity of immediate neighbours.
If you have concerns with traffic in your street, please put your request in writing to:
Transport Safety Engineering
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St Kilda VIC 3182
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your concerns will be investigated and if deemed appropriate, traffic calming measures may be installed subject to community engagement and funding.
Frequently asked questions
Is Council lowering the speed limit on all local streets?
Council has been lobbying the State Government since 1999 to reduce speed limits. Initially, speeds were reduced around schools. In 2009, we began to lower speeds in shopping centres and other areas with a high number of pedestrians.
We are now moving toward lowering the speed limit in local residential streets on an area-wide basis. This is part of Council’s longer-term goal to introduce 40 km/hr speed limits to a greater number of residential streets in Port Phillip.
When setting a speed limit, it must be likely that the majority of traffic travels below the proposed limit. Council officers have conducted traffic surveys and are satisfied that the majority of drivers already travel at speeds consistent with a 40 km/h speed limit.
Why is Council lowering the speed limit in some local areas?
Urban speed limits in Australia are still very high compared to international standards. The default urban speed limit in Victoria was lowered from 60 km/h to 50 km/h in 2001. Research by Monash University shows that this change is associated with a reduction in fatal and serious injury crashes for pedestrians of between 25 per cent and 40 per cent.
In 2001, the number of crashes in Port Phillip reduced by 94 crashes (16 per cent) from the previous year. This is highest reduction in crashes seen in Port Phillip since 1989.
Lower speeds give all road users more time to react to avoid a collision. If a crash does occur, lower speeds reduce the severity of an injury, particularly to pedestrians and bike riders.
Lower speeds also encourage more people to walk and ride. When people feel safer on local streets, they are more likely to spend more time on the street.
Will lower speeds mean I will be delayed when driving?
One of the perceived disadvantages of reducing speed limits is an increase in travel time.
The City of Port Phillip is an urban environment and travel times are influenced by many factors. Travel times are more likely to be influenced by stopping at intersections, congestion, on-street parking and pedestrians crossing the street.
Any delays that drivers may experience due to a change in speed limit would be minimal. Even ignoring all other factors, a reduction in the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h increases travel time by only 14 seconds over an 800 metre long street.
The marginal increase in travel time is outweighed by a significant safety benefit.
What will the speed signs look like?
A speed limit sign will be installed at the entry point to each street so that they are visible to drivers entering. Signs will be installed on existing sign posts or electricity poles where suitable. New posts will be installed if no existing poles/posts are suitable.
Will Council monitor the change in speed on the streets?
Traffic speeds will be measured within each of the areas before changing the speed limit. Speeds will again be measured after the new speed limits have been in place for a year and monitored over the coming years to assess their effectiveness.
How will the new speed limits be enforced?
Victoria Police is responsible for enforcing all speed limits. Council’s proposed changes to speed limits are supported by Victoria Police and the Department of Transport.
Where does revenue from speeding fines go?
Council does not receive any revenue from speeding fines. The revenue is collected by the State Government. All net revenue collected from speeding fines is directed back into road safety.
For more information about speeding fines and penalties, visit Cameras Save Lives.
There is a large body of research into the impact of lowering speed limits in urban environments, both in Australia and overseas. Some of these studies are listed below:
An evaluation of the default 50 km/h speed limit in Victoria. Monash University Accident Research Centre (2006).
Safe Speed Evidence review 2008. Dr Jan Garrard (2008)
Transport Accident Commission (TAC) - Road speed statistics
Grand Prix parking and traffic
Every year the City of Port Phillip and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation work closely together to try and minimise the impacts of the event on local residents and businesses. Information about parking and traffic management is published on this page in the period leading up to the event.
For information regarding the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix you can visit the Grand Prix website.