Posters displayed at Open House #2 outlining potential transport connections, active and public transport to be considered as part of the framework planning process:
- Active and public transport links will be provided throughout the growth area, with the main priority being direct links to key destinations such as activity centres, schools, community facilities and sports reserves.
- The Barwon and Moorabool river corridors will provide significant active transport links within the Western Geelong Growth Area and form the basis for an extensive shared path network within the open space corridors.
- Evans Road will be upgraded between Anakie Road and the Geelong-Ballarat rail corridor to provide active and public transport as the primary connection between the Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas. The existing alignment of Evans Road will limit localised “interchange hopping” along the Geelong Ring Road.
- Development of the growth areas offers an opportunity for Greater Geelong to transition to a more sustainable transport future with a higher rate of public transport and active transport use throughout the region. As such, it is important that any infrastructural projects associated with these growth areas respond to these future aspirations, including future investigation of new or upgraded railway stations along the Melbourne-Geelong or Geelong-Ballarat rail corridors.
- Existing public transport routes in proximity to the growth area are limited. Route 19 to Bannockburn operates along Midland Highway, as does a VLine bus service to Ballarat and beyond. Route 25 operates east of the study area on Rollins Road to Creamery Road. School buses also travel along Midland and Hamilton Highways.
- North Geelong Railway Station (approximately 3 kilometres to the east) and Geelong Railway Station (approximately 5 kilometres to the east) are the closest railway stations.
- The Geelong-Ballarat rail corridor on the northern study boundary currently caters for freight rail only. Passenger services previously operated along this section of rail line with the former Moorabool Railway Station abutting the study area.
- Existing pedestrian and cycling facilities in proximity to the growth area are limited. Existing shared paths are located along Midland Highway (Ballan Road to Geelong Ring Road, and west of Dog Rocks Road), Geelong Ring Road (Ted Wilson Trail), Bluestone Bridge Road (with underpass to Geelong Ring Road; Cowies Creek Trail), Barwon River Trail and Tom McKean Trail (along former Cement Works rail line in Herne Hill).
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