The Ballarat Integrated Transport Action Plan was adopted at last night’s Ballarat City Council meeting.
The plan outlines actions the City of Ballarat can undertake to improve its own transport systems, including footpaths, bike paths and local roads.
The plan also recommends advocacy actions to improve Victorian Government managed transport systems, including major roads, freeways and highways, bus services and train lines.
The plan’s seven key short-term priorities include:
· Review and overhaul Ballarat’s bus network
· Advocate for city shaping infrastructure upgrades
· Advocate for seamless, reliable and convenient fast rail between Ballarat and Melbourne
· Focus current projects to deliver safe, accessible and enjoyable walking and cycling routes
· Pilot new transport options and opportunities
· Support regional transport advocacy activities
· Deliver essential Ballarat Station upgrades
The Ballarat Integrated Transport Action Plan received 375 individual written submissions and more than 300 site specific comments during a comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement program which showed a strong appetite for positive and immediate change.
Council resolved tonight to adopt the plan, acknowledge the submissions received and to write to the relevant Victorian Government ministers outlining Ballarat’s key transport priorities and advocating for partnership opportunities and funding to speed up implementation.
It was also resolved to start scoping and seeking government and private sector partnerships to support pilot, temporary and trial projects, including new modes not used in Ballarat yet such as e-scooters, new business models such as car and bike share arrangements, a wider rollout of new technologies such as hydrogen and electric fuel cell vehicles and reduced speed limits in high pedestrian locations.