Transforming City Road

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The City of Melbourne has created a draft master plan for the transformation of one of the city’s main traffic arterials, City Road, and is asking for community feedback on the proposal. The draft City Road Master Plan outlines practical measures to improve City Road such as widening and levelling of footpaths, installing improved pedestrian crossings and bike lanes, planting trees, improving water management and simplifying intersections.

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Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the draft master plan provides a framework to transform Melbourne’s ‘ugly duckling’. “City Road was originally a conduit in an industrial commercial precinct, functioning simply to move vehicles, but today Southbank is the highest density suburb in the whole city,” the Lord Mayor said.

CITY ROAD 1 COLLAGE 1 COLLAGE 2“City Road has lagged in sympathetic development. Our surveys show 90 per cent of experiences are negative which has told us we need to do something. “This master plan has to cope with high traffic volumes of up to 45,000 vehicles per day, while turning the area into something pleasantly usable for residents, visitors, cyclists and pedestrians.”

COLLAGE 3City Road East carries 45,000 vehicles per day, which is comparable to King Street, while City Road West carries 20,000 vehicles per day which is comparable with Grattan Street in Carlton.

COLLAGE 4 COLLAGE 5 COLLAGE 6 COLLAGE 7 COLLAGE 8The draft City Road Master Plan proposes six key actions to be delivered over five years:

Transform City Road West into a great central city street
Reimagine Kings Way Undercroft as a community space
Upgrade City Road East to be safer and easier to get around
Connect City Road to the Arts Centre and Yarra River
Reconfigure Alexandra Avenue as a boulevard
Extend the bicycle network through Southbank

Councillor Cathy Oke, Portfolio Chair for Transport, said the draft plan had incorporated feedback from the local Southbank community during consultation last year. “City Road is an important thoroughfare, however feedback from the community is largely that it is a difficult place to get around as a pedestrian, cyclist, motorist or public transport user,” Cr Oke said.

“We’ve listened to the local community about their experiences and expectations of City Road, and have fed this into the draft master plan. I encourage all users of the City Road area to provide feedback on the draft plan, and contribute with ideas on improvements which could transform the area.”

Feedback on the draft City Road Master Plan can be submitted via the Participate Melbourne website www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/participate or for further information, contact the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658.

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