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.
A grid of CBD streets bound by Gheringhap Street, Myers Street, Bellarine Street and the waterfront would be focussed on pedestrian movement and accessibility.
As a Department of Transport responsibility, bus routes do not form part of the council’s public feedback opportunity and the draft plan does not include direction or planning for bus movements in central Geelong.
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.
Once the TNOP is finalised, a 10-year year investment plan will be developed to see actions carried out in a staged manner. Given responsibility for the central Geelong road network is shared between Regional Roads Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong, identified actions will need to be carried out in partnership with the state government.