The City of Melbourne has released its draft Transport Strategy 2030 in anticipation of the population growth which will see the number of people using the city’s public transport every day rise from the current 900,000 to 4 million by 2036.
The draft details the city’s transport vision, which includes embracing the future with smart and micro mobility trials, making public transport services to the city safe, accessible, direct and frequent, and ensuring that Melbourne’s train stations are “international gateways to [the] city”.
Deloitte Access Economics estimates the economic benefits of the Transport Strategy actions will be $870 million over 10 years.
One of the main priorities named in the document is the “urgent need” to take 50,000 cars off CBD roads every day, which it intends to do with an overhaul of the city grid using the Spanish city of Barcelona as a model.
“Barcelona has a uniform street grid similar to Melbourne’s Hoddle Grid,” according to the document.
Melbourne will look to Barcelona’s ‘superblocks’ as a model, wherein streets that form a three-by-three group of nine city blocks are redesigned to prioritise people over cars.”
The streets around the perimeter of each superblock are designated for cars and public transport, and speed limits are reduced to 10km/h.
“Vehicle through-movement is not allowed. In areas where, previously, almost 75 per cent of all space was allocated to cars, 75 per cent is now given to pedestrians.”