Yarraville Village is a bustling precinct in Melbourne’s inner-west, housing a range of local eateries, shops and the Yarraville train station, which includes an at grade level crossing on Anderson Street.

There’s lots happening in the Village – including the temporary pop-up parks, outdoor dining opportunities, and the polka dot trial.

To streamline conversations and make it easier for our community to stay up to date with all things Yarraville Village, we have created this central webpage. Here we’ll house key information around projects happening in the Village, and any other relevant updates.

Council is collaborating with Metro Trains Melbourne on a traffic study to look at ways to improve traffic flow specifically around the rail line interface with the road network.

This study involves traffic counts using cameras affixed to existing light poles and traffic monitors to gather data to identify opportunities for safety improvements to support vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist movements.

The study, initially planned for July, has been delayed due to COVID-19. It is hoped to resume the study during December to ensure the correct data can be collected – once visitors and residents are back visiting the Village.

Data from this study will also help inform the evaluation on the polka dots trial currently underway in the Village.

To read more about the history of the project, visit project page using the navigation tool to the right.

Polka dots are an innovative road treatment designed to encourage drivers to slow down that were installed at three locations in Yarraville Village:

  • Anderson/Ballarat Street intersection (southern end of the new outdoor dining pop-up park)
  • Canterbury/Ballarat Street intersection (between the old and new pop-up park)
  • Bend of Anderson Street with Willis Street intersection

Council had intended evaluating the trial after six months, but this was put on hold during the State Government imposed lockdowns which changed the way motorists and others were using the area impacting our ability to undertake a meaningful review.

The delays have provided Council an opportunity to include the evaluation as part of the more holistic review of traffic movement in and around the village as part of the wider study, in collaboration with Metro Trains Melbourne.

This collaborative study will involve comprehensive traffic studies that will also consider the polka dot traffic calming treatment, as part of broader traffic and pedestrian planning for the Village, rather than considering it in isolation.

Noting the delays, a further road safety audit was commissioned in October, which has noted the additional measures – including the temporary speed humps and planter boxes - have mitigated concerns around previous risks to the community and road users.

Council will be in a better position to provide an update to the community around the trial and next steps in the first quarter of 2022.

To read more about the history of the polka dot trial, visit the project page using the navigation tool to the right.

Maribyrnong’s outdoor dining campaign will continue until April 2022 following overwhelming community support for the initiative. Feedback from more than a thousand outdoor dining patrons supported an extension of the trial, which was originally seen as a temporary measure to extend the footprint of the venues outdoor spaces.

The outdoor dining in Ballarat Street, Yarraville has been one of the highlights of Council’s outdoor dining program, with community and trader calls to make this a permanent feature.

At the same time we’ve received feedback to indicate Anderson Street has experienced further traffic congestion as a result of the installation. One of the temporary polka dot trial locations is also along Ballarat Street, Yarraville, between the two pop-up parks.

As part of the overall transport study, in collaboration with Metro Trains Melbourne, Council is investigating the opportunity to support the permanency of the outdoor dining on Ballarat Street.

To read more about the history of the project, visit the project page using the navigation tool to the right.

Keeping you informed

We’ll keep you updated with progress on all things Yarraville on this page, though you can still review the individual history of all the projects on their individual project pages. All comments though, will need to be made here going forward.

We’ll also be sharing updates via email, so be sure to subscribe to the mailing list in the top right corner of this page.

Be part of the conversation

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