Council to seek community feedback on transport network

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Council will ask for the community’s feedback as it works with the state government on a long-term plan for the future of transport and movement in and around Geelong’s CBD.

The draft Transport and Network Operating Plan (TNOP) offers a strategy for managing different transport modes into and through central Geelong, including pedestrian, bike, car and truck movement.

It prioritises particular modes on certain routes, with the aim of achieving a safer and more efficient road system for all users.

While the draft plan prioritises certain streets for cars, cyclists, trucks or pedestrians, it doesn’t exclude other modes of transport from those streets.

Once finalised, the TNOP will offer a guide for future decision making by the council and state government on street upgrades and other projects.
Under the draft plan, Latrobe Terrace, Ryrie Street, McKillop Street and Yarra Street would be prioritised as the key streets for vehicle traffic.

East-west freight movement (trucks) would be directed to more southern routes in McKillop Street, Fyans Street and Breakwater Road, taking pressure off Ryrie Street.

Gheringhap Street, Moorabool Street and Swanston Street would all be prioritised for cycling, along with Kilgour Street, Myers Street, Malop Street and Western Beach Road. This is consistent with the existing Principle Bicycle Network.

And a grid of CBD streets bound by Gheringhap Street, Myers Street, Bellarine Street and the waterfront would be focussed on pedestrians.

The draft plan does not include direction or planning for bus movements in central Geelong, which are being reviewed by the Department of Transport.

As a Department of Transport responsibility, bus routes do not form part of the council’s public feedback opportunity.

The draft TNOP has been designed to work hand-in-hand with other key transport strategies relating to parking, freight movement, and the planned rail duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds station.

It has been created by technical experts in consultation with Public Transport Victoria, VLine, the Public Transport Users Association, bicycle user groups and members of council’s Disability Access Committee.

The draft plan will be available for community comment for six weeks, starting on Monday October 14, via the Your Say page.

In the meantime, it can be read in full within the agenda for the 8 October council meeting.

Once the TNOP is finalised, a 10-year year implementation plan will be developed to see actions carried out in a staged manner.

Given responsibility for the central Geelong road network is shared between VicRoads and the City of Greater Geelong, with VicRoads managing arterial roads including McKillop Street, Latrobe Terrace and Ryrie Street, identified actions would need to be carried out in partnership between the state and local governments.

Mayor Bruce Harwood:

This draft plan doesn’t give us all the answers to the transport challenges facing central Geelong, but once finalised it will offer strategic direction as the council and state governments look to develop a functional and vibrant city centre.

A number of elements of this draft plan, such as directing freight movement away from Ryrie Street, have been discussed for many years but are yet to be achieved. This feedback opportunity gives both the council and the community a chance to again demonstrate to the state government how keen we are to see these changes happen.

For the plan to be successful, we’ll need major public transport improvements happening alongside it. The council will continue to advocate very strongly to the state government for these desperately needed service and infrastructure upgrades.

Councillor Eddy Kontelj, Chair, Transportation and Connections portfolio:

I think this draft plan is a positive step forward, however in some areas I feel it doesn’t go far enough. The state government has responsibility for public transport, including the bus network, and that’s not part of this plan. That is a little disappointing, because buses play an important part in traffic movement into and through the CBD.

Equally, I think the east-west link through central Geelong will need significant thought going forward.

There is a call to direct trucks away from Ryrie Street using signage, but that is unlikely to have an impact.

There will need to be major infrastructure improvements to encourage trucks to choose a route other than Ryrie Street, because at the moment an efficient alternative does not exist. I believe we need a bridge across Corio Bay. Unless we take drastic action such as this, our east-west congestion will only get worse.

It will be important that the council makes sure our community is aware of this draft plan, and that we engage with them and obtain as much feedback as we possibly can, so that we can funnel it through to the state government.


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