The Andrews Labor Government is making it safer and easier to get to the much loved Abbotsford Convent.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced $2.9 million to install traffic lights on Johnston Street, near Clarke Street.

The traffic lights will improve traffic flow and access to the historic convent, the Collingwood Children’s Farm and popular walking and cycling paths along the Yarra River.

The convent is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct and home to more than 100 studios, galleries, a school, festivals, workshops and exhibitions and was visited by more than 600,000 people last year.

Other improvements to the intersection will include new pedestrian crossings and improved street lighting.

The section of Johnston Street between Clarke Street and St Heliers Street carries more than 5000 vehicles per day and is particularly busy during the morning and afternoon peaks.

Planning is already underway on the traffic lights with construction expected to start next year.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne

“We’ve listened to what the community has had to say about this intersection, now we’re getting on with building new traffic lights to improve access to one of Melbourne’s most popular arts and cultural precincts.”

“This project will improve safety and make accessing Abbotsford Convent easier for the hundreds of thousands of visitors it attracts every year.”

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