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FAQ's

Old Belair and James Road T-Junction

How does the proposed concept design improve safety for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists?

Improved safety for all road users is a key aspect of the proposed concept design with:

  • a new pedestrian and cycle crossing to assist safe access to and from the Randell Park walking trails;
  • localised road curve widening;
  • new LED road lighting;
  • targeted improvements to road width and sight lines along Old Belair Road in the vicinity of James Road;
  • a roundabout which slows traffic movements and reduces conflicts at the junction;
  • reduced crash risk for right turning movements out of James Road.

Does the proposed concept design improve travel times?

The construction of a north-bound bypass lane on Old Belair Road separates traffic turning right out of James Road, thereby reducing delays for all road users.

The new road alignment allows for the merging of traffic from Old Belair Road and James Road to improve traffic efficiency.

How does the proposed concept design improve safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists?

The concept design includes a new pedestrian and cycle crossing to assist safe access to and from the Randell Park walking trails.

Why was a roundabout chosen for the current proposed concept design?

A roundabout was assessed as providing the best combination of safety and travel time improvements with:

  • increased safety for all road users;
  • a reduction in average traffic delays at the junction.

Russell Street / Main Road / Sheoak Road Junctions

How does the proposed concept design improve safety for all road users including pedestrians and cyclists?

Improved safety for all road users is a key aspect of the preferred design with:

  • a new signalised pedestrian crossing for Russell Street;
  • new traffic signals at Main Road and Russell Street to control all right turn movements, which have been the main crash type at this junction;
  • increased sheltered lane storage for right turn movements from Russell Street into Sheoak Road;
  • the removal of right turn movements (emergency vehicles exempt) from Sheoak Road to Old Belair Road (as an alternative, road users will be able to access Old Belair Road to travel north via James Road and the new roundabout at the Old Belair Road / James Road junction);
  • the widening of Main Road near Gloucester Avenue and Sheoak Road to enable traffic to move out of the through lane for turn movements;
  • the construction of a protected right turn lane on Old Belair Road for right turns onto James Road.

How is the proposed concept design “future proofed” for population growth in the area?

The preferred design can accommodate future traffic increases resulting from population growth in the following ways:

  • the extension of the right turn lane into Sheoak Road provides increased vehicle storage;

the widening of Main Road and the installation of an additional right turn lane into Russell Street, combined with the provision of Bus Only right turn into Main Road manages overall traffic efficiency and queues.

Does the proposed concept design improved travel times?

Motorists might experience small increases in travel times as a result of the increased safety at this location.

What happens next?

Project design work will continue throughout early 2021 with feedback from the community used to inform the final upgrade designs.

In mid-2021 Community Information Sessions will be held, subject to COVID–19 protocols, and a Project Survey will open for stakeholder feedback.

Construction is scheduled to start in mid to late 2021. Project completion is expected in 2022.