Greater Shepparton City Council has commenced the redevelopment of Maude Street between High Street and Ashenden Streets.

Maude Street Plaza and Bus Interchange will occur in four stages and over various financial years.

  • Stage 1 – Public Facilities (January 2019 - October 2019)
  • Stage 2 – Bus Interchange, Plaza and Streetscape from Vaughan to Ashenden Street (May 2019 - December 2019)
  • Stage 3 – High to Vaughan Street Streetscape Upgrade project dates to be determined. 
  • Stage 4 – Maude and Vaughan Street Roundabout Redeveloped to Traffic Lights to be determined. 

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Stage 1 – Public Facilities

This stage will be funded by Greater Shepparton City Council and funds from the Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund at a cost of $670,000 and works will occur from January 2019 - October 2019. Council has received funding under Public Safety Infrastructure Fund for this component of the project.

The works include:

  • Demolition of existing structures
  • Clearing and excavation
  • Construction of the facilities building including toilets, adult change room, breastfeeding and baby change rooms, accessible amenities and a bike locker

Stage 2 – Bus Interchange, Plaza and Streetscape from Vaughan to Ashenden Street

This stage will be funded by Greater Shepparton City Council and the Federal Government. The cost for this stage is $2.8 million and works will occur in May 2019 - December 2019. Council has received funds from Public Transport Victoria for the bus interchange and from VicRoads for the raised pedestrian crossing. Funding has also been received from the Federal Government of $1.68m from the Building Better Regions Fund.

A Plaza area is a space for socialising and toilet facilities including adult change room and baby changing facilities. The creation for this space will be user friendly open space area adjacent to the main bus interchange terminal. The plaza will be a focal point for the Vaughan Street Shopping Precinct and bus interchange.

  • Landscaped open space
  • Public lighting upgrades
  • Miscellaneous infrastructure including signage and furniture

The new bus interchange will improve the functionality within the CBD and the area will be safer for pedestrians and traffic users.

The creation of an eight bay bus interchange will provide Shepparton with a central, user friendly public transport hub with direct access to the CBD, train station and other major destinations within Greater Shepparton. The bus interchange will operate on both sides of Maude Street for north and southbound traffic.

The works for this activity include:

  • Excavation
  • Relocation of the existing bus interchange
  • Eight new bus shelters monitored by CCTV
  • New road pavement and central median strip
  • Stormwater drainage upgrades
  • Raised pedestrian crossing
  • Service relocation as required by the relevant authorities
  • Lighting upgrades - public lighting, pedestrian lighting and feature lighting
  • Concrete works – footpath and kerbs
  • Landscaping – paved areas and plantations
  • Public safety fencing
  • Road infrastructure including signage and road markings

Stage 3 – High to Vaughan Street Streetscape Upgrade

This stage will be funded by Greater Shepparton City Council and from the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund. 

The proposed new streetscape will beautify the pedestrian and vehicle link between the CBD, Vaughan Central Shopping Precinct and one of Shepparton’s most popular recreational reserves, Victoria Park Lake.

Landscaping will make the area more attractive, the design will enhance the road safety with parallel car-parking and automated traffic lights to ensure CFA has direct access to arterial roads when required in emergencies.

The works include:

  • Removal of the existing pavement and footpath
  • Service relocations as required
  • Stormwater drainage upgrades
  • New road pavement to cater for additional traffic movements
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • Signage and line marking
  • Lighting upgrades – pedestrian lighting and feature lighting
  • Concrete works – footpath and kerb
  • Water sensitive urban design
  • Installation of street furniture
  • Public artwork
  • Car parking bays
  • Landscaping – art features, paved areas and plantations

Stage 4 – Maude and Vaughan Street Roundabout Redeveloped to Traffic Lights

This stage will be funded by Greater Shepparton City Council and funds from the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund. 

A signalised intersection at Vaughan Street - Maude Street will improve traffic regulation in a high pedestrian area. Traffic investigations during the concept phase of the Bus Interchange design highlighted the need for more efficient and safer traffic movements for vehicles and pedestrians.

The proposed new signalised intersection will create a safer environment for a heavy traffic intersection. The existing single lane roundabout is to be removed and replaced with signals. The works include:

  • Excavation and removal of the roundabout
  • Removal of the existing pavement
  • Service relocations as required by the relevant authorities
  • Stormwater drainage upgrades
  • New road pavement to cater for additional traffic movements
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • Signage and line marking
  • Lighting upgrades - pedestrian lighting and feature lighting
  • Concrete works – footpath and kerbs
  • Traffic signals and associated infrastructure
  • Landscaping – paved areas and plantations

Image note: all images provided are for illustration purposes and may vary to actual construction.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is actually being built?

Maude and Vaughan Street roundabout will be upgraded to a signalised intersection. Works will include:

  • Demolition of the existing roundabout
  • Service relocations as required by the relevant authorities
  • Stormwater drainage upgrades
  • New road pavement for the intersection
  • Traffic light installation
  • New signalised pedestrian crossings
  • Signage and line marking including turning lanes and through traffic options
  • Lighting upgrades - pedestrian lighting and feature lighting
  • Streetscape works including paving in front of businesses (similar to the bus interchange area)

Vaughan Street to High Street upgrade works will include:

  • Removal of the existing road pavement and footpath
  • Service relocations and service upgrades as required by asset owners including electricity, gas and water
  • Stormwater drainage upgrades
  • New road pavement and line marking
  • New raised pedestrian crossings
  • Lighting upgrades – public/street lighting and feature lighting
  • Streetscape works including paving in front of businesses (similar to the bus interchange area), planting of new street trees and water sensitive garden beds
  • Installation of street furniture including seating and bollards

What will be the first activity onsite?

All services located in Maude Street, where required, will be replaced as the first activity onsite. This includes water mains, power and gas. The timing and sequencing of these works will be subject to scheduling by the respective service authorities. Restrictions related to COVID-19 may have impacts on the scheduling of the works. The schedules will be adjusted as required.

Once the service upgrade works are complete Council will commence work on the Maude and Vaughan Street intersection upgrade.

Following completion of the intersection upgrade the works on the section of road between the intersection and High Street will follow.

When will works start and how long will it take?

Service upgrade works will commence in the coming months with the water main relocations expected to occur in July, followed by power upgrades and gas main relocations. More detailed schedules will be available once agreements are finalised with asset owners.

Civil works on the intersection are scheduled to begin later this year following the appointment of a lead contractor. More detailed schedules for these works will be made available including commencement and completion dates once the contractor has been engaged.

The remaining stages of the Maude Street upgrade from Vaughan to High Street will begin construction once the intersection of Vaughan and Maude Street is nearing completion. At this stage these works are expected to commence early in 2021.

Will Maude Street be closed to traffic during the development?

There is expected to be minimal traffic disruption during the initial service relocation works (power, water and gas). Each contractor will have a traffic management plan to implement and we will communicate that with stakeholders.

During the main civil works, sections of Maude Street between Vaughan Street and High Street will be closed for extended periods of time, and these closures are likely to be staged into north of Rowe Street and south of Rowe Street. More detail on staging of the works and road closures will be made available after appointment of the lead contractor.  

How will I be able to access my home/business?

Businesses and residents along Maude Street will have access to their properties during the works, however some access will be via temporary routes. Pedestrian access will be maintained during the works, however will alter as works progress.

Will construction occur during the Christmas trading period?

No. Council will schedule works to avoid major construction from 30 November 2020 until 3 January 2021.

Who will be undertaking the works?

A lead contractor will be appointed to undertake the roadworks and streetscape works. This contract will be tendered publicly and it is anticipated that a contractor will be appointed by Council at an Ordinary Council Meeting.

The service relocation works will be completed by contractors on behalf of the service authorities and in conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council. These contracts will be separate from, and in advance of the lead contractor.

What parking spaces will be available?

Parking will be available in different areas throughout the construction period. Once construction is completed, parking will be available along the sides and centre of Maude Street. The removal of the old bus interchange will create additional parking. Parking will also remain available along Rowe Street and in the off-street car park between Rowe and High Streets, as well as the off-street parking available south of Vaughan Street. There are currently 50 parking spaces. The new layout will include 52 car parks including 2 x accessible car parks. Parking restrictions will be in place and ticket machines will be installed as part of these works.

Where will the disabled car parking spots be located?

Two disabled parking bays will be provided in front of the Shepparton Centre Pharmacy upon completion. Please note that there are four existing disabled car parks in front of Coles/Kmart, five in the Rowe street car park, two at the new Maude Street public amenities building, four in the shade sail carpark opposite Coles/Kmart and a further two outside the blood bank.

The reason for the location of the two in front of the pharmacy is to ensure that disabled access is available on both the eastern and western side of Maude Street, as well as north and south of the surrounding shopping precinct. 

What will happen to the trees along Maude Street?

The trees will be removed and replaced with new trees during the construction. The replacement of the trees allows for the new trees to be located to align with the overall layout of the plan and also provides the opportunity to install tree cells which ensures the roots are appropriately contained and avoids damage to infrastructure. It also provides a better environment to establish a healthy mature tree.

Will any of my services, such as power, water and/or waste collection be disrupted?

There may be short interruptions to services as they are upgraded which will be communicated by the relevant authorities. Your waste will continue to be collected; however the location of where you leave your bins for collection may alter during the works. More information will be provided on these aspects during the works period.

If I have a question or concern, who do I contact?

For further information please contact the Project Management Office, Greater Shepparton City Council on 5832 9700.

How can I keep up to date with the project's progress?

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More tailored information will be provided to stakeholders who have requested it in their responses to the letter recently sent out by Council.

If you haven’t provided a response to the Council letter please do so at your earliest convenience so that we can communicate with you appropriately.

For further information

Please contact the Project Management Team - Greater Shepparton City Council on 03 5832 9535.

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