Vic govt paves way for integrated transport policy

By: Jason Whittaker


The Victorian Government has developed a new legislative framework to underpin delivery of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan and

The Victorian Government has developed a new legislative framework to underpin delivery of the $38 billion Victorian Transport Plan and future development of an integrated and sustainable transport system.

The Transport Integration Bill is scheduled to be introduced into Parliament by the end of 2009. When enacted, it will replace the Transport Act as Victoria’s predominant transport statute.

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky says the proposed Transport Integration Bill will bring together all elements of the transport system – roads, rail, ports, marine and public transport – under one statute for the first time.

"This is all part of our plan, a bold and innovative legislative framework for an integrated and sustainable transport network – and a modern Victorian transport system requires modern transport legislation," Kosky says.

"In particular, the legislation will provide a strong focus on better integrating transport and land use planning."

Ports Minister Tim Pallas says the legislation will guide decisions around road safety and traffic management, relating to public transport, the safety of bus stops and bus lanes, and improved local infrastructure for walking and cycling.

The policy position paper, Towards an integrated and sustainable transport future: A new legislative framework for transport in Victoria, is a key outcome of the comprehensive review of the Transport Act 1983 and other transport legislation.

It follows a 10-month consultation process, completed last year. The process involved more than 1200 people representing more than 140 organisations.

A range of coordinating mechanisms will be provided in the Bill to ensure that Government decision-making takes account of the overarching settings.

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