Safety Improvements Trial at Kerferd Road

In response to a community petition, Council resolved at an Ordinary Council meeting on 1 July 2020 to trial traffic safety improvements at the intersection of Kerferd Road, Herbert and Montague Streets, Albert Park, including closure of the median, for an 18 month period*.  

Council hoped a trial would deter through traffic, speeding and improving safety for people walking and bike on these local streets. It would facilitate an understanding of the impact of the works prior to Council making a decision on whether to proceed with any permanent changes.

Council notified residents in nearby streets by mail about the proposed trial in mid-August, and asked for community feedback via a survey. This survey is currently closed in line with requirements of our Election Period Policy.

On 22 September a counter-petition with 200+ signatures objecting to the trial was lodged with Council. Council officers have also received calls and emails from individuals opposing the trial.

Next Steps

In response to concerns raised by the community, including the counter-petition and implications of the election period, Council will defer the safety improvements trial at Kerferd Road until after the counter-petition is tabled for the new Council’s consideration.

We will update this page and our website once the new Council has considered the proposed trial and community feedback. If you’d like to join our mailing list and receive email updates, please let us know at transport@portphillip.vic.gov.au or by pressing the FOLLOW button at this top of this page.


Background

In June 2020, Council received a petition regarding safety issues at the intersection of Kerferd Road and Montague/Herbert Streets, with 26 local resident signatories. The petition follows a history of concerns raised by the local community regarding this specific intersection, as well as safety concerns about the entirety of Kerferd Road. Over the most recent five year period (1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019),23 crashes were recorded along Kerferd Road, plus five at the intersection of Kerferd Road and Beaconsfield Parade, and 11 at the intersection of Kerferd Road and Canterbury Road.

In response to this petition, the Council resolution states that Council:

  1. Notes that DELWP have provided in-principle agreement to fund the temporary works required to improve safety at the intersection of Herbert St, Montague Street and Kerferd Road, as detailed in point two (2) below, and leveraging of other external funding sources should these be offered prior to installation.
  2. Installs temporary kerbing and any required regulatory signage as a trial at the intersection of Kerferd Road with Montague and Herbert Streets, subject to DELWP funding, with the purpose of deterring through traffic, speeding and improving safety for people walking and bike on these local streets. This trial will be for 18 months, with the potential to extend for a longer period.

For the full resolution, see the meeting minutes.

*The safety trial proposed in response to the first petition was closely aligned with the objectives of the Shrine to Sea project announced by the Victorian State Government in 2018. Any future safety improvement works would be reviewed for alignment with the project. For more information on Shrine to Sea, visit https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy