Project Update

Nillumbik’s $5 million Eltham Urban Congestion Fund project has been given the green light.

The project, which was endorsed by Council on 28 September 2021, has undergone a number of modifications and improvements to address issues identified during community consultation in which almost 900 contributions were received.

Funded through the Federal Government’s Urban Congestion Fund, the project includes a range of traffic and transport initiatives to make the Eltham Activity Centre more pedestrian friendly and connected, while reducing congestion.

To read in more detail see the Congestion Busting Consultation Summary

Following community consultation in July 2021, Council has updated the plans and abandoned:

  • Main Road 24-hour, seven-day-a-week 40km/h speed limit;
  • Cecil Street to become 'entry only' from Main Road;
  • Bible Street/Cecil Street raised platform intersection; and
  • Bible Street/Arthur Street raised platform intersection.

Proceed with proposals for:

  • 40km/h speed limit on Eltham Activity Centre local roads;
  • Undergrounded power line option for the Main Road Shared Use Path (Note: This element was significantly more complex than expected and was removed from the detailed design scope of works)
  • Commence discussion with St Vincent’s Health and VicTrack on a longer-term ‘missing link’ to the Diamond Creek Trail;
  • Luck Street/Main Road roundabout improvements;
  • Pryor Street and Arthur Street new pedestrian crossings;
  • New Main Road traffic signal pedestrian crossing with changes to retain existing median street tree;
  • Traffic Signal Route Review to improve the operation of traffic lights to coordinate traffic signals along Main Road to minimise stops and delays;
  • St Laurence Lane closure and place making with changes to maintain existing
  • 90-degree parking on Main Road;
  • Panther Place and York Street raised platform crossings at Main Road;
  • Retain existing zebra crossing at Bible Street Aged Care/Retirement Village with the blister island and pedestrian refuge as a rest area for aged walkers;
  • Bible Street raised platform intersections at Luck Street and Pryor Street;
  • Bible Street parking lane on western side and no parking on eastern side;
  • Retain Bible Street/Arthur Street roundabout and install zebra pedestrian crossings on each leg;
  • Bible Street/Henry Street pedestrian crossing;
  • 74 Bible Street speed hump;
  • Eltham Central Oval car parking upgrades with design changes; and
  • Implement appropriate traffic management and timely communication of construction activities to minimise impacts.

Council will undertake detailed design works, third party approvals (such as the Department of Transport and utility providers such as SP AusNet) and delivery of the projects in accordance with the Commonwealth Government grant agreement.