The Victorian Department of Transport released the Victorian Transport Plan (VTP) earlier this month. Not having a great understanding of Melbourne and Victoria make it hard to assess the VTP but at least Victoria has a plan. The proof will be in the execution.
- Up to 70 new trains and 100km of new track for Melbourne’s suburban rail systems
- Up to 50 new trams
- Up to 270 new buses and the continuation of the hybrid bus trial
- Regional rail improvements to boost capacity by 9000 extra passengers and hour
- Upgrades to regional transport infrastructure (in partnership with the Commonwealth)
- Improved freight access to Port Melbourne
- Completing the Melbourne ring road
- Improving regional rail lines including electrification of existing lines
- Fostering research into second and third generation biofuels
- $100 million increase in funding for bicycle lanes and shared paths
- $5 million public bicycle hire scheme for inner Melbourne
- Encouraging the use of low emission vehicles
- Mandatory emissions targets for State Government fleets
- No transport emissions reduction target set
- No inclusion of viable alternative fuels such as natural gas
You can download the VTP here (9.2Mb PDF).
You can download maps showing the detail here.
Freight Futures is a companion plan to the VTC dealing specifically with Victoria’s long-term freight network strategy. You can download Freight Futures here (5.3Mb PDF).