Improving Transport Infrastructure

Transport is emerging as a key battleground in the 2018 State Election

Victoria’s population boom is putting enormous pressure on our transport infrastructure. Congestion on our roads and public transport systems means longer commutes in peak conditions that stretch for hours at both ends of the working day and weekends.

RACV has developed the following priorities which draw on feedback received from our Members, market research undertaken with the wider Victorian community, and expert opinions on what’s needed now and into the future.

We are calling on political parties to develop a long-term plan for Victoria’s transport system, that has bipartisan commitment and can be implemented over multiple terms of Government.

The future of the state depends on a change in thinking. Transport decisions have a long-term impact on the economy, land use patterns, public health and the environment.

For too long, Victoria’s transport infrastructure decisions have lacked justification, been highly politicised, and have neglected the need for an integrated approach.

Victoria's reputation as a great place to live, and our future prosperity, depends on connected thinking and long-term plans. 

Any project that is built must have a strong business case, with benefits that exceed the costs.

These are RACV’s transport priorities leading into the 2018 Victorian State Election:

  • A connected major transport network for Melbourne 
  • A safer highway network across Victoria 
  • Improved transport infrastructure across metropolitan Melbourne
  • Improved transport infrastructure and services across Victoria's 10 major regional cities, as outlined in the RACV Growing Pains report
  • Improved bicycle infrastructure and encouraging riding
  • Improved management and regulation of Victoria's transport network.

What Melbourne Needs Now

North East link construction - to complete the ring road

The North East Link is a major road project that will link the Metropolitan Ring Road at Greensborough with the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen and widen the Eastern Freeway. The current State Government plan is also to build a busway connecting Doncaster to Hoddle Street.

The project will complete the ring road around Melbourne, enabling cars and many trucks to bypass arterial roads like Rosanna Road, and reduce traffic on inner-Melbourne roads and freeway links.  It will also provide faster and more frequent busway services between the CBD and Doncaster.

Better connection between Eastern Freeway and Citylink

With the construction of North East Link, Melbourne Metro, Hoddle Street improvements and West Gate Tunnel, travel in this East West Link corridor needs to be re-examined. Motorists have indicated that it’s a major source of frustration.

Fast airport rail link

The time for talking about this project has passed, it’s now time to do something to improve the way people travel to and from Melbourne airport.

Mass transit link to Chadstone and Monash University, Clayton

It’s time to connect the Rowville community to the rest of Melbourne with a genuine light rail or train service.

The corridor from Caulfield to Monash University, stopping at Chadstone shopping centre, suits a light rail service or a skyrail line running down the centre of the Princes Highway.

Light-rail trams shouldn’t be stuck in traffic, making prolonged stops at traffic lights, or having poor interchange and stopping infrastructure. A proper, efficient light rail service is essential to the success of this mass transit link.

Whether commuters would benefit from a light rail or train service to Rowville, still needs to be determined., but a high quality connection via Huntingdale Station is still needed for students, staff and visitors to Monash University, from the south-eastern suburbs.

Detailed planning for Melbourne Metro Two rail project

Metro One is underway, which is a gamechanger for Melbourne’s rail system, it will cut congestion with the promise of more trains more often. But Metro One also symbolises what’s wrong with the way transport and infrastructure projects are delivered. When Metro One opens in 2025, it will have taken 18 years from idea to delivery. RACV believes that’s too long and work needs to start now on planning for Metro Two.

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Authorised by Bryce Prosser, RACV General Manager Public Policy and Corporate Affairs, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000