New lights on for safety in Essendon
25 Sep 2019
New signalised traffic lights at the intersection of Mt Alexander Road, Shamrock Street and Grice Crescent in Essendon will provide a safer, easier passage for motorists, cyclists, commuters, school children and people with disabilities.
Almost one year to the day since the Buckley Street level crossing was removed nearby, the new traffic lights will improve road safety and make it easier for passengers to travel around Essendon.
The project has also built new footpaths and added shared-lane markings for cyclists as well as upgrades to drainage, services and street lighting.
Other benefits to cyclists in the area include the addition of dedicated start boxes, designed to give priority to cyclists at Shamrock Street and Grice Crescent traffic lights. Work in the area has also seen improvements to the east-west cycling route, connecting Essendon Station to existing cycling infrastructure on Mt Alexander Road, via Miller and Shamrock Streets.
Pedestrian activated traffic lights now also provide clear, safe access to the Mt Alexander Road tram stops.
The new traffic lights bring changes to the 903 bus route from Saturday 6 October. The Altona bound Route 903 bus will travel along Mt Alexander Road, onto Shamrock Street and down Rose Street instead of travelling in a loop to the stop previously located on Russell Street.
In the opposite direction, the Route 903 will permanently run along Buckley Street and travel north to its designated stop on Mt Alexander Road. The service has been running along this path since February 2018.
Updated maps and timetables will be available at the PTV website.
Compare the before and after and view the image gallery below.