Springvale Station at night

Springvale Boulevard Project

The Springvale Boulevard Project will transform Springvale Road into a signature boulevard, reinforcing the activity centre as one of Melbourne’s leading cultural destinations.

The City of Greater Dandenong has undertaken extensive community consultation which focused on seeking visionary ideas for Springvale Road from the community.  Thanks to your valuable input we now have a design proposal which we believe reflects the community aspirations collected from over 1000 people.

Improvements include widened footpaths for pedestrian and trader activities, new garden beds and more trees, more seating, improved street lighting and new public artwork.

About the project

The project will leverage the recent $159 million level crossing removal project, which has seen the railway station upgraded and the creation of a new southern public space connecting to Springvale retail shopping strip.

The project aims to transform Springvale Road between Lightwood Road and Windsor Avenue into a signature boulevard. Streetscape improvements will help reinforce the activity centre as one of Melbourne’s leading cultural destinations.

All community ideas and feedback have been considered during the design phase of the project. The design phase is now complete with construction expected to start in 2021.

  • Springvale Boulevard Project Concept Design
    Springvale Boulevard Project Concept Design
  • Springvale Boulevard Project Concept Design
    Springvale Boulevard Project Concept Design
  • Springvale Boulevard Project Concept Design
    Springvale Boulevard Project Concept Design

Concept Design

The Springvale Boulevard project will transform Springvale Road into a signature boulevard to reinforce the Activity Centre as one of Melbourne’s leading (much loved) cultural destinations.

Community consultation raised important issues such as:

  • An improved pedestrian experience and safety
  • Improved paving and lighting
  • Greening including more shade trees
  • High quality thoughtful design elements
  • Opportunities for socialising
  • Streetscape public art
  • A design specific to Springvale that is inclusive of all identities and cultures

We thank the community for their valuable input into the design proposal. Council is now working through approval processes with all relevant authorities.

Where can you view the Concept Design?

Download Concept Design Poster

Alternatively, residents can view the full concept design in large scale at Post Office Laneway (adjacent to the Springvale Post Office), Springvale Road, Springvale. 

Community comments and the design response by Council

Community consultation is now closed.

Council would like to thank the community for their input with over 1,000 people participating in workshops, online feedback, ‘out in the street’ sessions and face to face conversations.

Planting Strategy

“We need plants – there is too much concrete everywhere”

“In years gone mass plantings of annuals provided colour to the precinct”

Design Response

Plant selection for the project reflects the rich cultural diversity of the precinct with a framework of Australian plants, mixed with exotic display gardens at key locations along the street.  Shade canopy trees are proposed for the widened footpath areas to provide amenity to pedestrians.

Paving Strategy

"We’d like re-paving of the footpaths with nice designs relating to the area as it is now, and perhaps its history”

Design Response

A custom Springvale paving pattern was developed to highlight moments of East/West connection into Springvale’s hidden network of laneways and arcades.  The pattern uses seemingly displaced individual units that cluster together to form a strong and connected paving pattern.  The paving pattern serves as a metaphor for the migrant experience, referencing thousands of migrants who have made Springvale their home and in turn strengthened the Springvale community.

Furniture Strategy

‘Make people more comfortable on the street with seats and space to sit and watch’

Design response

We are proposing numerous new standard seats all along Springvale Road.  This will be complimented by custom designed ‘stools’ at key east-west locations.

The custom seating strategy was developed to reflect the patterns of street occupation that occur throughout the Springvale shopping precinct.  Clusters of individual stools arranged at key moments will provide flexibility for people to sit alone or in groups.

A place for people

‘I visit 3 or 4 times a week to food shop – we need more areas to sit, eat, have a coffee and relax…’

‘Many customers are elderly and have full shopping jeeps’

‘The footpath goods allow curious shoppers to explore and enjoy’

Did you know that Springvale Road is the longest ‘arterial’ road in Melbourne?   It’s approximately 40 km from Edithvale to Doncaster East.  While there’s no doubt that Springvale Road is an important road for drivers, it is also an important place for people. 

Design response

Wider Footpaths

  • One way to make Springvale Road more comfortable for people is to extend the footpaths.  So the footpath widths have been increased  by up to 3 metres.  This gives Springvale Road plenty of space for people to sit, socialise and shop while also providing generous space for kerb-side trade, garden beds and furniture.  A pedestrian clearance zone along the shop fronts is provided for easy movement along Springvale Road.

Remove Central median and trees

  • Removal of the centre median will allow the pedestrian crossing distances to be reduced to make is safer and quicker for people to get across the road.
  • The existing 8 trees in Springvale Road between Lightwood Road and Windsor Avenue are in the wrong position for people to enjoy.  We’re proposing to remove them and plant many more trees within the extended footpath area, clear of the shop verandahs, where people can sit and enjoy them.

40km speed zone / 24 hours per day

The benefits of the 24 hour / 40km per hour speed limit will improve pedestrian and vehicle safety throughout the precinct.

Springvale Boulevard

273 Springvale Rd, Springvale VIC 3171, Australia