Green space created as part of Melbourne’s level crossing removal project should be used to build walking and cycling tracks, as recommended by the Community Open Space Expert Panel
Green space created as part of Melbourne’s level crossing removal project should be used to build walking and cycling tracks, sports and exercise infrastructure and dog parks, the Community Open Space Expert Panel recommended recently.
The $1.6 billion project will elevate sections of the Cranbourne-Pakenham line, removing nine rail level crossings that hold up private cars, coaches and city buses.
The Victorian Government is confident that the new pedestrian and bike paths will encourage even more people to use public and active transport modes, rather than their cars.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan says this is one of the biggest releases of new parkland ever seen in Melbourne.
“We have brought together top experts to help us get it right,” she says. “The work done by the expert panel sets a new standard for getting local communities involved in shaping major projects.”
An expert panel headed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne chief executive Professor Tim Entwisle, has released proposals for the open space that will be created by the Caulfield to Dandenong level crossing removal project.
“This was an exciting and rare chance to help shape a huge amount of new parkland for Melbourne, and it was a privilege to be a part of it,” he said.
“Community feedback played a huge part in the process, and I’d personally like to thank everyone who contributed.”
The Community Open Space Expert Panel was created by the Victorian Government to guide the development of new public space created underneath the elevated rail line, and oversee its maintenance.
The panel includes architecture, urban design and landscaping experts, as well as representatives from the local community, councils, cyclists and Victoria Police.
Above: More green space is a positive consequence of elevating sections of Melbourne’s railway in the rail crossing removal program