What good is public transport if you can’t get to it in the first place?
Eighteen per cent of all bus stops in outer Melbourne do not connect to a footpath. This represents over 1,600 bus stops.
RACV’s 2009 Footpath Connect special report highlights this problem and calls on the State Government to fund a one-off targeted $6.4 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 still calls on the Government to provide better public transport in outer Melbourne, with greater availability, longer operating hours, and the quicker rollout of new and expanded bus services. These are detailed in RACV's 2012 Growing Pains: Keeping pace with transport needs in outer Melbourne and Geelong special report.