What good is public transport if you can’t get to it in the first place?
Sixteen per cent of all bus stops in outer Melbourne do not connect to a footpath. This represents over 1,500 bus stops.
RACV’s 2016 Footpath Connect report highlights this problem and calls on the State Government to fund a one-off targeted $2.3 million injection and work with local government to connect footpaths to high-use bus stops in outer Melbourne. This can mean that every bus stop near schools, shops, workplaces, and new residential estates can be connected to the existing footpath network.
As long as bus stops remain disconnected to the footpath network, residents of outer Melbourne must be reliant on cars or risk walking on roadsides, through mud and grass, or along busy roads. Residents without access to a car are most likely to be socially isolated and unable to take part in daily activities. This is a major concern for the elderly, disabled, young families, students and low-income households.
RACV has called on the Government to provide better public transport and roads in outer Melbourne. Melbourne’s outer suburbs needed new and expanded bus services with greater availability and longer operating hours. More information about the road and public transport needs in outer Melbourne are available in the Growing Pains report and results of the On Track Survey.