City of Yarra is exploring the idea of temporarily closing off a section of Trenerry Crescent between Clifton Hill and Abbotsford where the Eastern Freeway goes over the Yarra River.
The proposal is for a three month closure to create more space for outdoor community movement during he COVID restriction period.
The street no longer plays a significant traffic function, but it has proved a convenient link for riders on the Merri Creek and Main Yarra Trails to connect into local neighbourhoods and through to the vital underpass at Clifton Hill station.
The council wants to hear what you think about a possible temporary closure to vehicle traffic, between the entrance to Dights Falls and Grey Street.
All pedestrian and bike rider access would be maintained, and there are no proposed changes to on-street car parking.
The trial would involve temporary barriers and signage, so changes can be made quickly.
There are three options being considered by council:
- No closure of Trenerry Crescent
- Three-month trial of a full road closure (both northbound and southbound) of Trenerry Crescent, between the entrance to Dights Falls and Grey Street.
- Three-month trial of a half-road closure of Trenerry Crescent, between the entrance to Dights Falls and Grey Street. The southbound lane would be closed to vehicle traffic, while the northbound lane connecting Abbotsford to Clifton Hill would remain open.
Consultation ends on Sunday 2 August 2020 at 5pm.take the survey
City of Yarra says the project would:
- create more space for people to keep a safe distance from each other on the adjacent Capital City Trail and Merri Creek Trail
- provide safer riding conditions for vulnerable road users and less confident bike riders
- create safer routes to local schools and community facilities, such as Victoria Park
- help address safety and amenity issues for bike riders who share this part of the street with cars
- help address current safety issues at the Grey Street / Trenerry Crescent and Johnston Street /Trenerry Crescent intersections (and other locations) by removing and reducing conflicting movements and reducing traffic
- help Yarra deliver on a new Climate Emergency Plan and address the climate crisis while responding to and recovering from COVID-19
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