The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with planning for a safer and more accessible St Kilda Junction, while we build the Metro Tunnel.
St Kilda Junction is more than just a tram interchange – it is a vital gateway in Melbourne’s inner south, where major arterial and public transport routes merge.
It was last re-designed in the late 1960’s to improve traffic flow and connectivity, however this failed to better connect surrounding neighbourhoods and limited pedestrian and cycling access for the local area.
The Labor Government will work with local government to monitor current traffic flow and plan a new approach to solve the range of transport challenges at the junction.
The study will consider how the Government can best improve tram stops, deliver safer cycling and better pedestrian access at the junction and throughout the broader St Kilda precinct.
It will be the first of three studies into key city gateways, supported by the Inner Metropolitan Partnership between the cities of Port Phillip, Melbourne and Yarra.
It will commence in January 2019 and provide a short and long-term plan to deliver improvements for the needs of commuters and the local community.
Quotes attributable for Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan
“St Kilda Road is one of our busiest corridors and the Metro Tunnel will deliver a dedicated train station right to local’s front doors for the first time.”
“We’ll work with local government and the St Kilda community to understand how we can improve traffic and pedestrian flow to get people where they need to go safer and sooner.”
Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley
“When the junction was re-designed 60 years ago the focus was on improving traffic flow for cars – we want to put the focus back on people, making the junction area an even better place to live an easier place to navigate.”
“This work will look at how we can better connect our community, deliver dedicated bike lanes and accessible tram stops and ensure Victorians can move safely through the junction.”