Transport policy initiative may alter Clifton Hill

April 16, 2018 by  

Plans to transform the layout of central Melbourne may have an impact on Clifton Hill.

The idea is to remove many of the cars from the centre of Melbourne, which could have economic consequences on inner suburbs like Clifton Hill. Melbourne City Council (MCC) is coming up with a practical vision and it has set out its stall in discussion papers, but the urban population is likely to grow so adjustments will have to be made. Printing services can be useful for organisations like this one with significant communication needs.

Nicolas Gilley, a councillor with responsibility for transport policy, said:

“Overcrowding on footpaths poses a serious threat to pedestrian safety: on Spencer St alone, one pedestrian was killed and 31 have been injured in the past five years. Every hour during the morning peak, 15,000 pedestrians cross the Spencer and Collins Street intersection outside Southern Cross Station, which is five times the number of people in cars, yet cars are given twice the amount of time as pedestrians to pass through.”

A small improvement in the situation for pedestrians could have a large economic impact. Research shows that more than $1m might be generated by the implementation of the changes in question. There is also the issue of public safety to be considered.

Transport consultant Steven Burgess is clear that something must be done. He explained that other international cities have gained from taking action in favour of pedestrians.