The Andrews Labor Government has made crossing York Road in Mt Evelyn safer for school children, parents and local nursery workers.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino today joined VicRoads, teachers and students from Mount Evelyn Christian School and staff from the Yarra View Nursery to switch on the new pedestrian crossing on York Road.

The Labor Government has invested $490,000 to replace the old flagged crossing with new pedestrian operated traffic lights.

The flagged crossing was unmanned outside of the school zone hours, meaning pedestrians would need to pick a safe gap in the traffic to cross the road.

As part of the crossing upgrade, the bus shelter on the northern side of York Road, near the nursery, has been relocated and upgraded to improve access to bus services.

The footpath, road surface and drainage at the crossing have also been improved.

Although the crossing is now at a higher safety standard, it will continue to be manned by a school crossing supervisor during the morning and afternoon school drop off and pick up times.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino

“We’ve built a safer, easier crossing on York Street so that school students, nursery workers and the wider community can now feel safer crossing this busy road.”

 “There have been near misses between cars and pedestrians at this crossing in the past – so we listened to what locals had to say and got on with the job of delivering a safer crossing for the community.”

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