Local planning news archive

Further information is available regarding to the bike route to the city and the veloway design.

See  the Bicycle Network article for further details.

 

Drop in, relaxed classes with bicycle educators available to give one to one support and tuition to beginner bike riders. Classes are on Friday afternoons, 27 October; 3, 10, 17, 24 November. Classes cover safety, helmet fit, bike check and basic riding skills.

This event is proudly supported by VicRoads Community Road Safety Grants and Wyndham City Council.

See https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/whats-on/bicycle-classes-and-bike-ride-celebration

Received from the newly formed Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation:

 

Monday 11 September 2017
ACPF Media Release

Road injury toll heads up wrong path for cyclists

[Under embargo until 1am, 11 September 2017]

Today’s release by the Medical Journal of Australia of a study led by Dr Ben Beck, at Monash University, showing a doubling of hospitalised major trauma for cyclists in the last nine years is the clearest warning yet that the choice to ride a bike must be safer for everyone.

The Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation[1] is alarmed that at a time when society is desperate for solutions to a tsunami of chronic disease fuelled by physical inactivity, more is not being done to make the choice to cycle for short trips easier and safer.

The Foundation’s Stephen Hodge said that the study results also come on the back of a statistically significant decrease in the level of cycling participation in Australia between 2011 and 2017[2].

“Many more Australians want to be more active and we know they would consider cycling for short trips if it were easier and safer[3].

“The MJA study calls for further investment in road safety and we agree, but the only way to achieve better outcomes is by focusing systematically on all elements for a better outcome.

“We also know this is already happening in some areas of our cities and towns with some state and local governments committed to making a difference with significant investment in appropriate infrastructure.

“But this decline in safety shows we need to do more to stop pedalling backwards.

“In line with international best practice evident in countries with much better safety records than Australia, we need a national approach which includes;

  • increased investment in safe, connected and well-designed separated infrastructure,
  • education of all road users,
  • reduced speed limits in residential areas and activity centres, and
  • a more positive legislative regime including adoption of mandatory passing distance across Australia that recognises more cycling is good for everyone,” Mr Hodge said

More walking and cycling provides significant benefits for all Australians and the Foundation is committed to national collaborative efforts to achieve this.

We call on all Governments to invest to make cycling easier, safer and more attractive.

Media contacts for comment and interviews:

Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation – Stephen Hodge, mob. 0411 149 910, shodge@cyclingpromotion.com.au; Peter Bourke mob. 0438 871 271, pbourke@cyclingpromotion.com.au.

Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation – www.cyclingpromotion.org


[1] The Australian Cycling Promotion Foundation was launched on 1st July 2017 as an independent not-for-profit foundation, building on nearly twenty years of national bicycle advocacy by the Cycling Promotion Fund. For more information visit www.cyclingpromotion.org.
[2] Australian Cycling Participation 2017, Austroads Report, June 2017, https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-C91-17 accessed 10 September 2017.
[3] Riding a Bike for Transport – 2011 Survey Findings, Cycling Promotion Fund and Heart Foundation, 2011. https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/27b1f8_46ad1bb4addd41169a376c60b90c3fcc.pdf, accessed 10 September 2017.

 

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Received from the Western Distributor Authority:

Lots has been happening on the West Gate Tunnel Project. Catch up on project news in our latest Community Update where you can find more about…
Environment Effects Statement 
Public hearings for the West Gate Tunnel Project Environment Effects Statement wrapped up recently. The Independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee will now consider information from the EES, submissions and the hearings to develop a report to the Minister for Planning.
Scholarships to support local students 
Students in Melbourne’s west will have a chance to break into the construction industry with scholarships funded through the West Gate Tunnel Project and cadetships working on the project. In 2018, five students will receive a scholarship through Western Chances.
Millers Road update 
We have listened to feedback and are making changes to reduce the number of trucks and noise on Millers Road in the future when the West Gate Tunnel Project opens by:

  • offering noise reduction measures such as double glazing, insulation and air conditioning for residential properties that directly front Millers Road north of the West Gate Freeway
  • using only one truck toll point on the upgraded West Gate Freeway east of Millers Road, rather than one on either side, to reduce the number of additional trucks using Millers Road in 2031 by 3000.
How the project is reducing crashes and making travel safer
The project will reduce vehicle crashes by around 16 percent overall, providing a safer journey for hundreds of thousands of Victorians. Inner-west streets will be safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers with 140 less crashes per year compared to if the project is not built. More off-road cycling and walking paths will boost safety by separating cyclists and pedestrians from traffic.
Keep in touch
Read the Community Update and stay informed by visiting our website or Facebook page, or following us on Twitter @westgatetunnel.

 

I am writing to provide an update on the Western Distributor project – which is now called the West Gate Tunnel project.

 

Below is some information for you to review and to pass on to Bay West BUG members. If you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss the project, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

After two years of intensive community and stakeholder engagement, technical investigations and design development, we are excited to inform you that a design for the West Gate Tunnel Project has been selected. This design will be assessed through the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process.

We’re also pleased to let you know that after a rigorous and competitive tender process, a constructor for the project has been selected – the CPB Contractor John Holland Joint Venture.

Engagement with community and stakeholders has given us a great understanding of the local expectations and challenges for the project and in response we’ve developed a design with better connections, less community impacts, more walking and cycling paths and new green spaces.

We’re releasing the design now so people have the time and the opportunity to understand it in detail, including any changes, ahead of the EES being released mid-2017.
Over the next month, the project team will be holding a number of information sessions throughout the project area where people can view the design, ask questions and speak with specialists. We would love to see you there and encourage you to come along. The dates and times are available on our website.

Please find an overview of the design attached. There is also detailed information including an interactive map on our website which includes 3D visuals and design details.  Visit www.westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au.

Key design updates include:

  • a longer tunnel which keeps the Westbound exit within the West Gate Freeway but further away from existing homes
  • an improved city access design with simplified connections and two fewer crossings of the Moonee Ponds Creek
  • over 14 km of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths – including a 2.5 km veloway above Footscray Road
  • improved pedestrian and cycling connections between communities along the West Gate Freeway
  • nearly 9 ha, the equivalent of almost four MCGs, of new community open space including parkland and wetlands and more than 17,000 trees planted
  • world-class architecture, urban and landscape design that celebrates the Aboriginal heritage and maritime history of Melbourne’s west
  • high-quality noise walls designed with residents in mind to reduce noise and protect privacy while allowing natural light.

Walking and cycling – 14 km of new and upgraded paths

 

The project will vastly improve Melbourne’s western cycling network with over 14 kilometres of new and upgraded cycling and walking paths providing quicker, safer and better connections. New and upgraded facilities include:

 

  • completion of the Federation Trail to create a continuous journey from Werribee to the city
  • a Melbourne-first – 2.5km express veloway, suspended under the viaduct along Footscray Road, gives commuter cyclists a much needed safe, accessible and ‘express’ route to and from the city that is completely separated from traffic
  • new paths and links will better connect communities north and south of the West Gate Freeway, with better bridges over the freeway; wider, well-lit paths under the freeway at Millers Road and Williamstown Road; and new north-south connections at Hall Street (Spotswood) and Kororoit Creek.
  • new links to and around parks and waterways, including at Kororoit Creek, Stony Creek, Maribyrnong River and Moonee Ponds Creek.

 

More information is attached.

Walking and cycling fact sheet

West Gate Tunnel community session April 2017

Design overview fact sheet

What happens next?

The West Gate Tunnel Project will be assessed through an Environment Effects Statement process.  This process was most recently used to assess the Melbourne Metro Rail project. This is a well-established process and the most comprehensive and transparent way for a project’s impacts to be considered.

There will be the opportunity to view the EES and get involved when it is publicly exhibited in mid-2017, and formal feedback will be considered by an independent Inquiry Panel and public hearing.

Further information about the EES for the project, including what information will contain, is on the project website.

For more information about the Victorian Government’s EES process, please visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at delwp.vic.gov.au.

We’re touring the west – come and talk with us

We’re holding information sessions along the project corridor so that people can drop-in, meet the project team and speak with the specialists to learn more about the design and the next steps. The dates and times are attached to this email and are also available on our website.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email, if you have any questions please get in touch with me.

Kind regards,

Sarah

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Sarah Altmann

Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

West Gate Tunnel Project

*available Tue-Fri*

Mobile: +61 405 927 060

Email: saltman@transurban.com