Cremorne Street is a north-south street in Cremorne, running between Swan Street in the north and the CityLink freeway in the south. It is a key access street between VicRoads’ arterials and quieter streets within Cremorne.

Cremorne Street location. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra and Apple Maps.

Development

Cremorne Street hosts a mixture of commercial and residential properties, including apartment and office towers at the southern end of Cremorne Street, and the 9-storey office at 60 Cremorne Street (presently under construction).

High rise at the southern end of Cremorne Street. Image credit: Orbit Solutions.
9-storey office on Cremorne Street. Image credit: Hassel architects.

Problems

Problems on Cremorne Street include:

  • Severe congestion in the vehicle lane during the evening peak, with cars banked up more than 200 m
  • Severe congestion on footpaths in peak hours, as commuters walk between Richmond Train Station and the many offices
  • Severely pruned and stunted street trees, because they are planted under power lines
  • Unnecessarily long crossing distances, caused by wide corner radii

Video credit: Streets Alive Yarra

Both vehicle and pedestrian congestion will only get worse when planned development more than doubles the number of workers and residents in the area. Apart from getting to and from work, people wish to access local shops and restaurants on Swan Street and Church Street, send their children to Richmond Primary School on Mary Street, and frequent the Cherry Tree hotel on Balmain Street. Our streets are not able to carry double the number of cars.

Solutions

Cremorne Street should have wider footpaths, separated bicycle lanes and a row of tall trees on the eastern side (avoiding power lines on the western side). Parking should occur on side streets, or in off-street parking hosted by the new developments.

Cremorne Street with power lines on the west side and tall trees on the east side. Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra and StreetMix.

At the intersection of Cremorne & Swan, the footpaths should be widened and the bicycle lane should continue right up to Swan Street:

Image credit: Nearmap and Streets Alive Yarra

At the intersection of Cremorne Street and Stephenson Street, the corner radii should be reduced, to encourage drivers to slow down before turning and thereby increasing safety for people walking and cycling.

Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra

The existing speed hump at the intersection of Cremorne Street and Blanche Street should be converted into a “wombat pedestrian crossing”, following the example at the intersection of Wellington Street and Peel Street in Collingwood:

Image credit: City of Yarra