Abbotsford Convent Precinct Traffic Study

Abbotsford Convent

Council is working to improve parking and traffic conditions in the Abbotsford Convent Precinct in the area bounded by Johnston Street, Nicholson Street, Marine Parade and the Yarra River.

In recent years, traffic and demand for parking in the area has increased due to the growing popularity of attractions such as the Abbotsford Convent and Collingwood Children’s Farm.

In January 2014, Council introduced a number of changes to St Heliers Street to improve the safety and movement of traffic along the street.The changes included:

  • Removal of all parking on St Heliers Street (42 spaces in total, comprising 4P, 2P and ¼P parking).*
    *Disabled parking stayed in the same location and increased from one space to two. Loading bays were relocated to the east end of St Heliers Street. The car share parking bay was also relocated.
  • Installation of bike hoops (for about 40 bicycles) and seating in former car parking bays.
  • Creation of a kerb outstand at the entrance of St Heliers Street to narrow the entrance to the street
  • Creation of a grassy kerb outstand on St Heliers Street (about half way down) to limit vehicles from accessing the east end of St Heliers Street.*
    *Please note, access is still available for authorised vehicles including delivery trucks and vehicles that require disabled parking.
  • Creation of a turning circle on St Heliers Street (near the convent car park entrance) to allow enough room for vehicles to turn around and exit St Heliers Street
  • Removal of two elm trees on the south side of St Heliers Street to allow room for the turning  circle at the top of St Heliers Street
  • Other unhealthy elm trees on St Heliers Street were removed and new trees planted during the replanting season in autumn 2014
  • Installation of new pine timber bollards on the north side of St Heliers Street
  • Urban design treatments including new trees and decorative timber beams near the entrance to the convent.

Changes to Abbotsford Convent car park

Council's works coincided with an upgrade of the Abbotsord Convent car park, which was aimed at providing greater short-term parking, especially for parents who drop off and pick up their children from the nearby Sophia Mundi Steiner School.

The upgrade included:

  • Two new ticket machines that allow vehicles to park for free for 30 minutes
  • Redesign of car park entry and exit points
  • Relocation of disabled parking spaces closer to the car park entrance.

Council will continue to work with VicRoads to seek ‘in principle’ support to install traffic lights on Johnston Street to allow more direct access to the convent, as this will have a significant impact on reducing traffic and demand for parking on St Heliers Street and other local roads in the convent precinct.

The above works were part of a traffic and parking plan for the Abbotsford Convent precinct that was adopted by Council in July 2012. The plan was developed by a local advisory group comprising local residents and representatives from the Collingwood Children’s Farm, Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Early Learning Centre and Good Shepherd. The group also included Council’s Director of Community Programs who represented the interests of Council’s Lourdes project. This project proposes to build a family and children’s hub on the former Lourdes site in St Heliers Street. 

Previous Traffic and Parking Plans

In March 2011, Council adopted a Traffic and Parking Plan for the Abbotsford Convent precinct.

Here is the Traffic and Parking Plan adopted by Council: 

pdf format Traffic and Parking Plan - Abbotsford Convent Precinct (22.65kB)
Traffic and Parking Plan - Abbotsford Convent Precinct (120.06kB) (rtf format)

This plan was put on hold while the recommendations from the advisory group were developed. However the following actions from the plan have been implemented:  

  • A 20 km/h speed limit introduced in St Heliers Street, with an additional speed hump also installed in the street
  • Application submitted to VicRoads for St Heliers Street to be a shared zone, meaning pedestrians and cars can legally share the road space
  • Temporary bus zone facility implemented in Johnston Street (east of Clarke Street) so buses do not need to enter St Heliers Street to pick up and drop off passengers
  • Twenty bicycle hoops installed in Abbotsford Convent car park
  • Signage that directs people to the Convent car park installed at the corner of Johnston Street and Clarke Street and St Heliers Street and Clarke Street.   

 The adopted plan was adapted from a detailed report prepared by HDS Consultations in consultation with the local community.

Here is the report by HDS Consultations into traffic issues in the Abbotsford Convent precinct and possible solutions to those issues.  

 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part one (498.67kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part two (441.13kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part three (618.47kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part four (901.00kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part five (892.94kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part six (911.18kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part seven (896.86kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part eight (898.70kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part nine (1.46MB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part ten (1.56MB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part eleven (527.98kB)
 pdf format Whole of precinct traffic and parking plan - part twelve (15.86kB) 


Further information
Jane Waldock
Manager - Strategic Transport & Environment
9205 5733
Jane.Waldock@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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