Growing pains

Public transport infrastructure and service requirements should be planned as part of new residential developments and delivered by the time residents move in

Metropolitan Melbourne

Outer Metropolitan Growing Pains Update

Over the next 18 months, RACV will be reviewing and updating the 2012 Growing Pains report, which will again seek to improve the transport network in outer Melbourne.

The 2016 Outer Metropolitan Growing Pains Survey closed on Thursday 31st March 2016. Results from this survey will provide RACV with valuable feedback which will be used to advocate for further improvements to the transport network in outer Melbourne. This transport network includes roads, public transport, motorcycle riding, bicycle riding and walking.

RACV is currently consulting with key stakeholders and councils regarding the transport network in outer Melbourne. The Growing Pains report is due to be finalised in mid-to-late 2017.

Growing Pains in outer Melbourne

Melbourne is growing at a rapid pace and RACV wants it to remain one of the most liveable cities in the world. Substantial population growth in our outer suburbs has continued to increase demands for transport and despite some investment we still see overcrowded public transport and congested roads in these areas on a daily basis.

In November 2012, RACV released Growing Pains in outer Melbourne, a blueprint of road and public transport improvements needed to address the critical backlog of projects in 16 municipalities across outer Melbourne and Geelong. The package of over 150 road and public transport projects identified will deliver a comprehensive and connected transport network and offer people living in outer Melbourne greater choice in how they travel. 

A full copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking here.

Growing Pains in Regional Victoria

Beyond Melbourne’s outer suburbs, Victoria’s regional centres and peri-urban areas are predicted to host a growing share of the state’s population growth, driven by the attraction of lifestyle, open space, job opportunities, affordable housing and services. This population growth must be supported through the provision of safe, efficient and equitable transport options.

In August 2014, RACV released 'Growing Pains in Regional Victoria'. The report outlines the key transport planning principles and major projects needed to better connect regional cities and rural areas to each other and to Melbourne. The report also identifies the localised road, public transport, cycling and walking projects needed in Victoria’s ten largest regional cities of Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Greater Geelong, Horsham, Latrobe, Mildura, Greater Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

RACV has called for an injection of $4.6 billion in regional Victoria over the next decade to address critical road and public transport deficiencies, which are limiting the travel opportunities for regional communities and putting the brakes on economic development. Investment in the projects identified in ‘Growing Pains in Regional Victoria’ is urgently needed to support liveability and economic growth in Victoria.

A full copy of the report and more information about the project can be found at here.