Monday, June 24, 2024

Moreland Mayor calls for greater transport infrastructure

Moreland City Council Mayor, Mark Riley has urged the Victorian Government to deliver on much-needed transport infrastructure for the growing area.

His comments came as the Victorian Government announced the removal of a series of dangerous level crossings in Brunswick.

“These will greatly boost pedestrian safety and accessibility while alleviating pressure on our roads during peak hours,” Mayor Riley said. 

“This work will also significantly improve the Upfield bike path, in line with Council’s commitment to promoting sustainable transport options. We know that dedicated cycling infrastructure encourages residents to see riding a bike as a genuine transport option in the long term. 

“However, we need the Victorian Government to urgently deliver other transport infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing community.”

The Mayor said population growth in the northern corridor was placing significant pressure on the Upfield line.

“Duplicating and upgrading the Upfield rail corridor would help provide a safe and efficient public transport network for our community in the north,” he said.

“Right now, trains only run every 20 minutes during peak hour, which is amongst the worst in the rail network, while some of our older stations are among the lowest rated by commuters. 

“Acknowledging that this investment contributes toward an overarching plan to improve rail services, I urge the Victorian Government to simultaneously duplicate the Upfield line north of Coburg – this is a regionally significant project that would create even more jobs, upskill local workers, and boost the economy, while meeting the future needs of Moreland and Melbourne’s booming northern region.” 

The State Government today announced that eight level crossings will be removed on the Upfield Line. In the past six years, the Government has removed 66 level crossings.

“We’re not wasting a minute removing dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne, ahead of schedule, with 66 already gone for good – and we’re not slowing down any time soon,” said Premier, Daniel Andrews.

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