Cyclists To Be Elevated From Footscray Road Intersections

Cyclists To Be Elevated From Footscray Road Intersections

Victoria Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan

Connecting Cycling Paths In Melbourne’s West

Victor P Taffa

Local residents and cycling groups have helped to shape the Western Distributor’s almost 10 km of new and improved cycling and pedestrian paths.

“The local community and cycling community told us that they wanted to fix the gaps in the cycling network and that’s what we’re doing.” Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan said.

Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced today that the Western Distributor will complete the ‘missing link’ of the Federation Trail between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street building 3.5 km of upgrades along this important route.

“We’re making it easier and safer for pedestrians and cyclists to get around by creating new links and separating paths from general traffic.”

The Federation Trail has long been identified as a strategic cycling corridor providing an accessible travel route for cyclists travelling to the city and beyond.

“It is fantastic we are able to build the long awaited missing link in the Federation Trail improving such an important asset to the inner west.” Member for Footscray Marsha Thomson said.

Nearly 1 km of new fully separated cycling and walking paths has been included in the Reference Design for the Western Distributor linking Somerville Road/Whitehall Street intersections to the Maribyrnong River, and the pedestrian crossing over the West Gate Freeway will be rebuilt to make the paths more accessible to the community.

Cyclists will be separated from Footscray Road intersections by elevating the shared path at MacKenzie Road, Dock Link Road and Appleton Dock Road so cyclists do not need to cross the intersections.

“This will improve safety and provide a more direct travel route for cyclists travelling from the inner West to the city and beyond.” Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan said.

A large number of cyclists will be able to use new connections between the Dynon Road shared path and Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Spencer Street with the addition of two new dedicated crossings. The Capital City Trail crossing at Footscray Road will also be upgraded.

Areas where improvements to the cycling and footpath network could be made were a direct result of the extensive consultation undertaken on the project.

The upgrades will mean the bicycle and shared user path network in the inner west will be safer and more efficient, with cyclists having better connections from the outer west all the way to the CBD.

The Western Distributor is currently out to tender and the preparation of an Environment Effects Statement has commenced. The contract will be signed by late 2017 with construction to start soon after.