The Andrews Labor Government is making Yarra Glen safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists with a package of improvements to the town’s main entrances set to get underway this month.

Entrances to the Yarra Glen township will be upgraded, with new signage and pavement markings added to arterial roads passing through Yarra Glen, including Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Melba Highway and Healesville-Yarra Glen Road.

These upgrades will make sure drivers are aware that they’re entering a township with reduced speed limits.

Evidence shows that these upgrades signpost a change in speed for drivers, increase alertness and improve road safety for regional communities.

These treatments are already in use around New Zealand and have been shown to reduce crashes by up to 35 per cent.

Yarra Glen, along with Garfield, Pearcedale and Koo Wee Rup, are the first towns in Victoria to receive this new safety treatment, with works to start later this year.

As part of the safety package, more than new 100 ‘gateway’ locations will be rolled out across the state in the coming months. The program will largely focus on upgrading towns with 500 to 5,000 people.

The $8 million package of safety upgrades is part of the Labor Government’s $1.4 billion Towards Zero Action Plan, delivered in partnership between the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“Country towns are all too familiar with road tragedy and close calls and these safety improvements are a fantastic addition to make the Yarra Glen community safer.”

“These small but significant changes will ensure drivers will alter their driving and take extra care knowing they are entering a township.”

Quotes attributable to Scott Lawrence, Director Safe System Infrastructure Program, VicRoads

“Community gateway treatments are already in use in New Zealand and have been shown to reduce crashes significantly, a result we hope to emulate here in Victoria.”

Quotes attributable to TAC Road Safety Director Samantha Cockfield

“We’re creating a more forgiving road network by investing in infrastructure projects such as community gateway treatments that will help make regional roads users safer.”