Melbourne traffic: Worst crash hotspots for 2021 include roads in Bundoora, Glen Waverley, Berwick and Preston

A notorious road in Melbourne’s north east has dominated a list of the worst car crash locations in the city for the fourth year in a row.

On Wednesday, AAMI released its 2021 Crash Index, which analyses insurance claims in the country to reveal the top 10 crash spots for each capital city.

It will likely be no surprise to Melbourne motorists that Plenty Road in Bundoora took the crown for the city’s worst crash spot – again.

AAMI’s head of Motor Claims Anna Cartwright said with a combination of several lanes of traffic, multiple sets of traffic lights and a tram line running through the middle of it all, Plenty Road was a ‘perfect storm’ for crashes.

On Wednesday, AAMI released its 2021 Crash Index. Credit: AAMI

“Even outside of peak hours there are many hazards which make it daunting to drive, which is why it’s so notorious as a hotspot for accidents,” she said.

Coming in at No.2 was Springvale Road in Glen Waverley and the third was Springvale Road in Springvale. These spots were also in the same positions in 2020.

Bell Street in Preston jumped up from seventh spot to take out fifth place and Craigieburn Road in Craigieburn moved from ninth to fifth.

There was only one new road that had not appeared in the list the year before and that was Sydney Road in Campbellfield, which ties in sixth place with Cooper Street in Epping.

Worst Melbourne locations for car crashes in 2021

  • Plenty Road in Bundoora
  • Springvale Road in Glen Waverley
  • Springvale Road in Springvale
  • Bell Street in Preston
  • Craigieburn Road in Craigieburn
  • Sydney Road in Campbellfield
  • (Tied sixth) Cooper Street in Epping
  • Maroondah Highway in Ringwood
  • Clyde Road in Berwick
  • Bell Street in Coburg
  • The AAMI data also found that nose to tail collisions were the most common type of crash, accounting for more than half of the incidents at Bundoora.

    In 2021, Tuesday and Thursday were the most common days for collisions and between 9.30am to 1pm the most common time.

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