We support and believe in adopting additional policies and measures to improve the following areas of Victorian Transport:
- Public Transport;
- Victorian Roads;
- Road Tolls;
- Heavy Vehicles;
- Rail Freight.
All too often major hubs in the local community, such as local shopping centres, are poorly serviced by public transport options such as, in particular, nearby train services.
This results in forced car ownership, increased road congestion and never enough car parking spaces.
- Increasing the public transport network to create an efficient, reliable and connected public transport system.
- Incorporated shuttle bus services linking shopping centres and string shopping precincts to the local rail network;
- Increased public transport infrastructure in the City of Manningham and other eastern metropolitan regions;
- Dynamic pricing for students and seniors on our public transport system;
- Hybrid or Electric buses to reduce the public transport carbon footprint;
- A review of the current bus network to create a cohesive, efficient and reliable network that connects bus, trains and trams;
- The building and the continual public ownership of a high-speed rail link between Geelong CBD, Avalon Airport and Melbourne CBD;
The following projects are one step towards Victorians being better connected and getting Victorians off the roads and onto public transport:
- The Suburban Rail Loop;
- The Airport Rail Link;
- Rail crossing removals.
Road congestion in Melbourne is at a crisis point. This crisis has been caused by a lack of investment, planning, foresight and political willpower over a number of decades.
To help alleviate Melbourne’s growing road congestion we believe that:
- Additional funding to improve Victorian roads and road maintenance programs is needed to maintain a safe road network; especially in Rural and Regional Victoria.
- Research into road funding models should be considered to address our growing congestion;
- Inclusion of bike lanes and other dedicated public transport lanes in all new road development projects.
We support the following project:
- North East Link to help ease congestion in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne;
- East West Link to enable easy transition from one side of the CBD to the other. We believe this must be built before or with the North East Link to stop congestion on the Eastern Freeway, Hoddle Street and Alexander Avenue.
We believe that Tolls should be equitable and fair for all road users. We support:
- Vehicle classing based on weight and height;
- CPV being exempt from tolls to reduce operating and travel costs;
- In the alternative, that Taxi, CPV and Rideshare vehicles be treated the same across the system.
- Tolling systems to reduce road congestion from local roads.
More than 4000 heavy trucks travel the Hume Highway every day between Melbourne and Sydney. Some are B-doubles – a prime mover with two semi-trailers attached (up to 68 tonnes in weight and 25 metres length).
- Greater fatigue management policies
- Reducing the maximum break between shifts to ten hours of continuous ‘stationary rest time’ to enable drivers to get a full 8 hours sleep between shifts;
- The use of Truck lanes for heavy vehicles;
- We support the Transport Workers Union’s position that every truck driver – from employee to subbie – should have rates and conditions of work that ensure they’re paid for every hour, every kilometre and every cost;
- Increased training for truck drivers.
We believe that improving bike rider infrastructure is essential to ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment for both riders, pedestrians and motor vehicle drivers.
We believe that the following should be implemented across Victoria to increase rider enjoyment and safety:
- Additional bike lanes;
- Bike specific traffic signals;
- Safe bike parking facilitates; and
- Support programs to encourage safe bike riding, such as Bicycle Network’s Ride2School Program.
We support exploration into increasing the amount of intercity and intra-city freight movement on rail. The less heavy freight on Victorian roads, the better for Victorians.