Goal 2 Transport


A connected transport network that provides real travel choices



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Strategy 2.1

We will work with others to ensure that all activity centres, urban renewal precincts, employment and tourism nodes are supported by excellent walking, bike riding, public transport and night time travel options as part of an integrated and connected regional transport network.

Opportunities include:


  • Supporting design and delivery of critical new city-shaping transport infrastructure across the region;

  • Developing integrated access planc for activity centres, urban renewal precincts and employment and tourist nodes (as part of any structure and precinct plans);

  • Improving access to the walking and cycling networks of neighbouring municipalities;

  • Improving interchanges between public transport and walking and bike riding at transport nodes;

  • Undertaking research on develoment in the region and the impact of building design, car, motorbike and bike parking rates, end of trip facilities etc. on mode share and trip generation.


Strategy 2.2

We will advocate for improved accessibility, frequency, capacity and connectivity of public transport across Inner Melbourne.

Opportunities include:


  • Supporting improvements to on-road public transport frequency and speed, including upgrades to stops to provide level access as well as separation of trams and bus services from car traffic on particular routes/corridors;

  • Advocating for 24-hour public services;

  • Advocating for greater investment in the delivery of E-Class tram fleet and bus routes to increase the carrying capacity of tram routes;

  • Improving Inner Melbourne's public transport connections to Melbourne Airport;

  • Extending existing tram lines and other public transport services in urban renewal precincts and other locations;

  • Working with the State Government to capitalise on the legacy of the Melbourne Metro Rail stations to realise opportunities for place-making and enhanced walking and bike riding connections.


Strategy 2.3

We will make Inner Melbourne a 'cycling friendly' region by creating a continuous network of on and off road cycling routes.

Opportunities include:


  • Developing a business case for the design and implementation of the complete Inner Melbourne cycling network;

  • Improving connectivity and quality of cycling and walking networks in the inner west, inner south and inner southeast.


Strategy 2.4

We will make Inner Melbourne a great place for walking by substantially improving amenity, wayfinding, safety and connectivity along key routes across the region.

Opportunities include:


  • Implementing a regional wayfinding visitor signage suite and style guide;

  • Collaborating with State Government to develop a single base map for wayfinding signs;

  • Implementing the Greenlight for Pedestrians Program at a regional scale, making it easier and safer to cross busy intersections;

  • Developing recommendations for inclusion within VicRoads traffic engineering guidelines and practice notes on optimising signal operation to make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross declared road intersections.


Strategy 2.5

We will work with others to reduce the impact of through traffic across Inner Melbourne - particularly through the CBD, activity centres and major tourism, education, health and employment precincts.

Opportunities include:


  • Reducing the numberand duplication of parallel roads and streets identified within the State Government's Principal Traffic Flow Network;

  • Advocating for greater investment in public transport in outer suburbs, to ensure that such services meet demand associated with population growth in these locations;

  • Exploring and promoting the trial of new transport demand management measures;

  • Creating behaviour change and promptional programs which create a shift in people's travel choices for walking, cycling and public transport travel. This includes promotion of buses and cycling as a travel choice, and provision of cyclist safety education and cycle time information.


Strategy 2.6

We will advocate for re-prioritised road space which allocates and gives priority to walking, bike riding, car share parking spaces and public transport on selected regional and local roads across Inner Melbourne.

Opportunities include:


  • Developing prioritised road space strategies in conjunction with the State Government;

  • Promoting a consistent approach to the expansion of car share opportunities to reduce car ownership and car travel;

  • Undertaking shared travel behaviour change programs and research on pedestrian and bicycle safety with the focus of prevention through better design.


Strategy 2.7

We will work with others to delineate a priority freight network between ports and destinations to meet the needs of the increased freight task which does not require travel through residential neighbourhoods.

Opportunities include:


  • Removing all through truck traffic on local roads in residential areas;

  • Minimising freight transport through the inner city, particularly during peak hours;

  • Restricting large trucks to the Arterial Road network; 

  • Advocating to get through freight onto the freeways and highways through inner city connectivity;

  • Working with port operators, freight companies and the State Government to investigate significant air and noise quality issues around the Port of Melbourne.




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