Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
World Class Transport For Docklands
Victor P Taffa
A total of $36 Million worth of investment in Docklands transport infrastructure has been given a green light by Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
A $20 Million extension of the Collins Street tramline is one of the key initiatives launched today as part of Access Docklands.
Access Docklands is a long-term transport plan that greatly improves the area’s trams, roads, pedestrian and cycle paths. The plan follows an 18 month consultation with Docklands’ businesses, workers, residents and government agencies.
“Access Docklands builds on Docklands’ vision as a world-leading sustainable urban development precinct and ensures transport infrastructure operates as efficiently and effectively as possible.” Mr. Guy said.
“Docklands is the biggest Government-private sector partnership in Victoria’s history and has attracted more than $8.5 Billion of private sector investment to the precinct.”
“Access Docklands will ensure the right transport infrastructure is available for more than 60,000 employees and 20,000 residents who will call Docklands home by 2025.”
The plan incorporates upgrades and improvements to the existing network including:
- A $20 Million extension of the Collins Street tram line into Victoria Harbour currently under construction;
- Additional capacity on major through roads Bourke Street and Batmans Hill Drive;
- Providing an additional 30 % vehicle capacity during peak periods;
- Improved pedestrian and cyclist connections to the CBD, Northbank and Footscray.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Access Docklands is an important blueprint and integrates with the City of Melbourne’s transport strategy, the Melbourne Transport Plan.
“The tram extension to Victoria Harbour will take visitors to the intersection of Bourke and Collins Streets, an iconic new meeting place for our city, and home to a new library and community services hub.” Cr. Doyle said.