Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 651) My constituency question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: what is the minister going to do to make the intersection of Yarra Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra, safe for pedestrians?
A number of people have raised this issue through Victoria Walks and WalkSpot, and some of the comments are that: it is an intersection with heavy pedestrian usage but there are no crossings or lights; it is extremely unsafe and something needs to be done to help both pedestrians and cars; it is the worst spot and it is so dangerous during the AM/PM peak periods when you are trying to cross the intersection between Yarra Street and Toorak Road; it is an extremely dangerous corner with a huge amount of foot traffic exiting the station, including many schoolkids; it is extremely busy during peak hour with pedestrians to and from South Yarra station and cars entering and exiting Yarra Street; with the increase in large apartment buildings nearby the number of pedestrians has increased; the footpath on Yarra Street is very narrow at this end of Toorak Road; I use this crossing every day to get to and from my office on Yarra Street, it is extremely unsafe and it is just a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured or killed; and it is an incredibly busy corner with huge amount of foot traffic and the footpath is too narrow.
VicRoads advises me that it will discuss possible improvements at this location with the City of Stonington.
I understand that the resolution of this matter may take some time to gather relevant information and undertake any required consultation. Any preferred treatment will be subject to statewide project prioritisation.
Hon Luke Donnellan MP
Minister for Roads and Road Safety