Acting Planning Minister Michael O'Brien has announced $1.5 million in funding to improve cycling connections to the Box Hill and Ringwood bike trails enhancing the connectivity to these activity areas.
"This funding will address issues of safety and access along cycling and walking routes by removing obstacles, improving safety, access and connectivity for the Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail.
"The Victorian Coalition Government continues to support each Central Activities Area by securing their future and creating an attractive environment for private sector investment," Mr O'Brien said.
The Department of Transport is currently scoping the Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail project which was part of an election commitment by the Coalition Government.
"The Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail is an important east-west link that will provide the building blocks for other key bicycle routes in the area and improve connectivity to the city," Mr O'Brien said.
The $1.5 million will fund:
Ringwood Activities Area Link (Station)
- Intersection improvements at Station Street and Wantirna Road to provide connection across Wantirna Road to the station from the current proposed end of the trail; and
- Off-road shared path connection and associated works parallel to Thanet Court
Box Hill Activities Area Link (Gardeners Creek Trail)
- Works to safely connect the Gardeners Creek Trail from south of Canterbury Road to paths within Blackburn Creeklands Reserve and to Box Hill; and
- Improved bicycle crossing facilities at the Middleborough Road and Albion Road 'T' intersection facilitating connection to Blackburn Creeklands Reserve and to Laburnum Station.
The works will be delivered by the Department of Transport in conjunction with VicRoads.
Member for Box Hill, Robert Clark commended the funding.
"This underscores the Coalition Government's strong commitment to improving cycling infrastructure for our local community," Mr Clark said.
Member for Warrandyte, Ryan Smith also praised the improvements around Ringwood.
"Ringwood locals are the big winners from the improved cycling infrastructure," Mr Smith said.