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Making Heidelberg’s Hospital Precinct Safer

15 June 2022

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered important upgrades around Heidelberg’s hospital precinct, improving safety and accessibility for pedestrians, motorists, and ambulances.

The $2 million works along Burgundy Street ensure the community can safely access vital medical facilities and other amenities.

A safer speed limit of 40km/h has been introduced between Upper Heidelberg Road and the Studley Road/Stradbroke Avenue intersection, outside the Austin, Mercy and Warringal hospitals.

Road resurfacing works and the installation of wide painted median strips are providing better crossing points for pedestrians, and the improvements are also increasing access for ambulances turning into entrances to the hospitals.

Pedestrians will also find navigating the precinct a lot easier with continuous concrete footpaths built on both sides of Burgundy Street, fitted with pram ramps and tactile ground surface indicators to make it accessible for people of all abilities.

New signage, including signs saying ‘Give Way to Pedestrians’, is increasing driver awareness and making it safer for pedestrians, with way-finding stickers guiding people to the appropriate hospital entrances.

Burgundy Street not only provides important access for Heidelberg’s local hospitals, but it is also a gateway to the busy activity centre.

These upgrades are making the local precinct safer and more accessible for all road users and encouraging people to walk where they need to go.

Quote attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll

“These safety improvements at Burgundy Street are ensuring ambulances can quickly access hospital entrances, and pedestrians can safely navigate and access the precinct.”

Quote attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines

“Burgundy Street is a busy local road and a hive of activity for motorists and pedestrians, providing vital connections to Heidelberg’s major hospitals and activity centre – these important works have made it safer and more accessible.”

Reviewed 15 June 2022

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