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Master Plan sets future direction for City Road

Posted On June 22, 2016

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City Road Master Plan would deliver a range of projects to create a safer and more environmentally sustainable road and surrounding areas.

'The City Road Master Plan delivers $38.5 million in funding for capital works projects that will better connect Southbank to the city’s Arts Precinct, the Yarra River and our much-loved gardens,' the Lord Mayor said.

'This Master Plan recognises that Southbank is one of the highest-density and fastest changing areas in Australia, but that City Road must evolve with it. The City of Melbourne recognises that now is the time to invest in the transformation of City Road to meet the community’s requirements now and into the future.'

Councillor Cathy Oke, Portfolio Chair for Transport, said that City Road was an essential transport link and that it was also important to balance this function with the needs of Southbank’s growing residential community.

'We’ve consulted with the community about their experiences and expectations of City Road, and I believe our plans reflect the community’s needs into the future,' Cr Oke said.

'The master plan, with its focus on encouraging more people to walk, cycle and take public transport, is consistent with Council’s Transport Strategy 2012.'

Key elements of the Council’s plan for City Road include:

  • improved intersections and pedestrians crossings
  • upgraded footpaths
  • new street furniture
  • a new bicycle route through Southbank catering to the growing number of people riding to and from the area for work and recreation
  • extensive tree planting and better water management including permeable paving to reduce flooding and runoff to the Yarra. This element of the City Road Master Plan helps Council achieve its urban forest and other environmental objectives
  • transformation of unused spaces in and around the Kings Way Undercroft to provide more usable community space, while also improving connections between the Arts Centre and City Road.
    Cr Oke said community feedback was extremely positive with close to three-quarters of responses on Participate Melbourne supporting the draft master plan.

The master plan has been prepared in partnership with VicRoads, the authority responsible for managing the carriageway. VicRoads supports the final master plan and will cooperate with the City of Melbourne on its implementation.

Detailed design will begin in 2016-17 with individual projects to be considered by Council as part of its annual budget and planning processes.


Source: City of Melbourne

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