The Transport Matters Party will constantly strive for improvement of the entire transport and infrastructure network throughout Victoria; in order to enhance everyone’s quality of life and preserve the environment.
The Commercial Passenger Vehicle industry performs a vital social and community role. It is an integral part of Victoria’s essential services and public transport mix.
Road vs Rail Debate
Transport Matters is pragmatic about the need for improvements in both our road network and public transport system.
Victoria has a rapidly growing population. We need to invest in and improve mass transportation infrastructure, cross-city routes as well as provision for first and last mile journeys. We should incentivise a move toward clean and green vehicle fleets and bicycle transport as a matter of priority.
However, we cannot focus on moving the masses by public transport in isolation of the need for an improved road network.
Victoria today is suffering from the effects of rapid expansion without the proper and necessary considerations for infrastructure projects which would help the city cope better.
Additionally, we are seeing many lifestyle changes which are contributing to road pressures. While we recognise that a train or bus might be a consideration to get to work, if we want a fridge delivered or the groceries it’s going to come on a truck. Couriers and parcel delivery services are booming and the gig economy in point to point transport and food delivery has also seen an explosion that has contributed to road congestion.
Our lifestyle options surrounding how we shop, eat and travel are all contributing to congestion on our roads. We need to cater for it better and also recognise that we may need to accept some changes in trends are necessary.
A better balance is needed for our modern lifestyle and that means finding incentives to get people on public transport while making improvements to the road network to facilitate commercial and domestic travel.
Public transport is vital to keep Victoria “on the move”. An effective and efficient public transport network ensures the reduction of congestion on our roads. Public transport also helps lessen our carbon footprint by reducing the number of vehicles on the road.
Transport Matters support the following policies to help encourage increased patronage across the public transport network.
- Public transport should be free for all passengers under the age of 18 or over the age of 65.
- Public transport should also be free for all full-time students.
- Public transport should be the cost of a gold coin only.
- The CBD free tram zone should be extended to include the major inner-city hospital and academic precincts as well as major inner-city sporting venues and tourist destinations.
- There should be provision for safe bike storage at bus, train and tram stops.
- We should invest more in first and last mile transport options that link residential areas to major transport hubs. The ease of the first and last mile is either the deterrent or incentive to catching public transport – particularly in the outer suburbs.
- Frequency of train services needs improvement. Every 10 minutes all day every day till midnight. Many of the train lines around Melbourne have been working on the same timetable for over half a century.
- Real time GPS information at every tram, train and bus stop.
- Rail out to the airport and up the Eastern corridor are long overdue.
- The bus network offers route flexibility where heavy rail and tram networks are not viable. A full review of bus services in the outer suburbs should be conducted to plan and implement much needed improvements and develop integration strategies for newer technologies.
- Trackless trams are another alternative ready for integration into the public transport mix, a direction strongly supported by Transport Matters.
According to the City of Melbourne, last year 16% of all vehicle movements into the city in the morning peak period (between 7am and 10am) were bicycles. Just alone Bicycles Network have over 50,000 members Australia-wide.
We should strive to incentivise bike riding as a viable and attractive transport option by improving bicycle infrastructure and focussing on better integration with other road users and modes of transport to improve safety and usability.
Bike lanes should be considered in every road project and safe bike parking facilities at every transport hub.
There is also a need for programs to encourage participation particularly at a young age where habits are more easily adopted and retained.
More than 4000 heavy trucks travel the Hume Highway every day between Melbourne and Sydney. Some are B-doubles – a prime mover with two semi-trailers attached (up to 68 tonnes in weight and 25 metres length). Most of Australia’s domestic freight is delivered by road, hence road transport is a fundamental part of the Australian economy.
- We believe that there should be greater policing of fatigue management infrastructure and regulations.
- We encourage the usage of more truck lanes for heavy vehicles.
- We support the ongoing development of intermodal depots.
- Road maintenance in Victoria needs to be improved to maintain a safe road network.
- The Government should explore available opportunities to increase the amount of intercity and intra-city freight movement on rail to reduce heavy vehicles on our roads.
Regional Victoria Infrastructure
Regional Victoria Infrastructure
Regional and rural Victoria has been neglected over decades through under investment in transport infrastructure despite decentralisation policies.
Improved connectivity of different modes of transport through better synchronisation of timetables between bus and rail interchanges is needed.
Services should also be extended outside of what is considered business hours, in particular those services connecting regional centres to Melbourne’s CBD.
We support the building of high-speed rail links between Melbourne and the major regional cities, in particular Geelong and Melbourne CBD.
Heavy Rail System Improvements
The heavy rail system is an integral part of Victoria’s transportation mix; with the system carrying over 230 million passengers last financial year alone (Public Transport Victoria’s Annual Report 16/17). Currently the system is overcrowded, unreliable and doesn’t meet the public’s expectations. .To make sure the network continues to grow, and to future proof it to meet the requirements of the growing population of Victoria; more work and better strategies are needed.
- We fully support the building and the continual public ownership of a rail link between Melbourne Airport and Melbourne CBD.
- We fully support the building and the continual public ownership of a high-speed rail link between Geelong CBD, Avalon Airport and Melbourne CBD.
- Government has to explore the available opportunities to increase the amount of intercity and intra-city freight movement on rail.
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