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Constituency Question: changing the phasing of the traffic lights at the Chapel Street and Dandenong Road intersection

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
15 May 2017

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 528) My question is for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, and I ask: will the minister change the phasing of the traffic lights at the Chapel Street and Dandenong Road intersection to assist both pedestrians and vehicles doing a U-turn in the absence of the Hornby Street crossover? A number of people have listed this intersection as an issue on the Victoria Walks WalkSpot map.

Some of the comments are that the pedestrian crossing has a green man for too short a time to cross even halfway, that the light sequence is poor, that there is insufficient time to cross Dandenong Road and that unless you walk briskly or run, the lights do not allow for a full crossover of Dandenong Road along Chapel Street. The sequencing of lights is also a significant issue for drivers who need to do a U-turn to access Hornby Street following the closure of the Hornby Street crossover. They report traffic banking up, delays, people running red lights and a complete failure of VicRoads to meaningfully consult over this change.

 

Answer: VicRoads advises me that the U-turn movement at the intersection of Dandenong Road and Chapel Street will be assisted by the installation of queue detectors in the right turn lane under the pavement, as part of the median closure on Dandenong Road, near Hornby Street. When installed, these detectors will ‘push' for additional ‘green time' for right and U-turners when required.

It is typical of all major arterial roads with divided carriageways to require pedestrians to cross the road in two stages. Pedestrians can safely wait in the centre median to complete their crossing. The above intersection is no exception. It has always operated as a ‘staged' pedestrian crossing prior to the median closure at Hornby Street. However, I am pleased to advise that an additional pedestrian phase has recently been added within the cycle to give pedestrians more opportunities to complete the crossing.

Pedestrians should not be concerned when they cannot completely cross the carriageway while the green walk symbol is in operation. The length of the green pedestrian walk signal is calculated to provide enough time for pedestrians to commence crossing, while the flashing red time is provided to enable pedestrians to cross the carriageway completely.

Hon Luke Donnellan MP

Minister for Roads and Road Safety

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Sam Hibbins MP
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