A blueprint for Melbourne’s 30 year Rail Plan
Brimbank Council is pleased the Rail Futures Institute has published the Melbourne Rail Plan 2020-2050, as a proposed blueprint for the next 30 years of public transport development in Melbourne.
The Rail Futures Institute has produced a comprehensive plan for developing Melbourne’s public transport to meet its expected population of more than eight million people by 2050. The plan provides detailed proposals covering trains, trams, medium-capacity transit (light rail, rapid buses, new technologies) and also promotes cycling and walking.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou welcomed the timely recommendations set down in the plan as Brimbank prepares for major rail developments linked to the Melbourne Airport Rail via Sunshine and the Western Rail Plan.
‘Public transport is not keeping up with Melbourne’s rapid population growth, particularly in Melbourne’s West.
‘The plan makes a number of suggestions that directly impact Brimbank’s transport network and we want to ensure better outcomes for Brimbank across a range of rail infrastructure projects.
‘This in-depth look is a step in the right direction and delivers a solution for reducing our dependency on cars all while enhancing our city’s liveability, economic performance, and social and environmental sustainability,’ Cr Papafotiou said.
While the State Government has committed to a number of strategic transport investments, including the Western Rail Plan, a standalone Victorian Transport Plan and a much-needed integrated strategy for transport in the western region has never been published.
This would provide a clear understanding of the timeframes around the planning, funding and construction of major city shaping transport projects and advocacy priorities in Brimbank.
To support these outcomes, Council will seek a briefing with the Rail Futures Institute and an open discussion on the specific recommendations for Brimbank.
Council will also be writing to the Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Transport Infrastructure and the Minister for Roads requesting the State Government commit to an Integrated Transport Strategy for Melbourne’s west, and developing a Victorian Transport Plan, in line with the requirements of the Transport Integration Action 2010.
This also supports Council’s ‘Transforming Brimbank’ 2020 Agenda.