Bayswater CBD to receive facelift

January 6, 2017 by  

A project to enhance the main Bayswater central business district is to be implemented this year.

The $3.4m facelift is set to benefit not only residents of Bayswater but also those in nearby Croydon and surrounding areas.

Knox Council has team up with the Federal Government for the project, with each contributing $1.7m.

According to Councillor Adam Gill, the work, which is scheduled to be completed in a several stages between next March and May, will transform Bayswater’s main business district and provide added features for local promotions on postcards and holiday cards.

He said it will involve a total revamp with the installation of new seats, bins, tree guards, and café screens, undergrounding powerlines, widening footpaths, and the establishment of a canopy of trees.

In addition, he added, the six lanes of the Mountain Highway along a 400-metre stretch will be reduced to four while two bicycle lanes will also be added.

To add to the new amenities, Cr. Peter Lockwood said several additional initiatives are being considered including the waiver of local business street trader fees and a push for council staff to shop locally.

He said that also under consideration by VicRoads was a speed limit reduction to 40km along a 350m section of the highway that transects the activity centre of Bayswater with the aim of prioritising pedestrian traffic over vehicles.