It is our view that Regional and Rural Victoria have suffered the most from decades of under investment in transport. The following strategies we propose will improve transport for all users and will assist with opportunities to encourage decentralisation of Melbourne. This could, in turn, lead to the creation of jobs, increased tourism and the overall improvement in the standard of living for those in Rural and Regional Victoria.
“The Bureau of Statistics tells us that 36 per cent of Australia’s population growth is now taking place in Victoria […] Yet Victoria is building nothing like 36 per cent of Australia’s new transport infrastructure.
In the past decade, only 13 per cent of all Australia’s spending on new roads, rail and other transport infrastructure was in Victoria. Only 16 per cent of Federal, state or local government transport investment has gone to Victoria – even less to Melbourne.” (The Age).
We will push for:
- Connectivity between different modes of transport needs to be improved by giving greater attention to the synchronisation of timetables between bus and rail interchanges.
- We fully support the building and the continual public ownership of high speed rail links between Melbourne and the major regional cities. This is imperative to encourage the decentralisation of Melbourne’s rapidly expanding population.
- Infrastructure for Bike Lanes and relevant traffic signals in regional cities needs to be addressed.
- Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles needs to be implemented / improved in regional cities and on major inter-city routes. This will encourage tourism into the regional cities.
- Improved access to public transport in Rural and Regional Victoria to extend services outside of what is considered business hours.