Transport for Victoria planned

Victoria’s transport industry will be simplified by a cover-all transport agency

Transport for Victoria planned
Transport for Victoria will soon be formed

The Victoria Government has announced plans to set up a consolidated agency for Victoria’s transport system, called Transport for Victoria (TFV).

Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan announced TFV this week, emphasising the simplification of travelling for motorists and commuters.

The planned system has been compared to the already well established Transport for London, which brings all aspects of London’s road, freight, and public transport together.

The new system will see VicRoads, Public Transport Victoria, and other transport agencies working as a single entity in an attempt to make transport more effective in the state.

The agency will be running by the end of 2016 meaning commuters will be able to get information about, public transport, taxis, and freight networks from a single source within a few months.

Allan says TFV will create a system in which transport agencies work together to make travelling easier for Victorians.

"TFV will coordinate the delivery of our major transport projects with the day-to-day operation of our transport network, providing a single source of information so motorists and passengers can get home safer and sooner," she says.

Allan adds TFV will increase the effectiveness of transport within the state, as well as keeping the system up to date and improving it where possible.

"This is the next evolution of the world-class transport system we are building for Victoria – a single, central, strategic body that coordinates our transport network and plans for its future."

Donnellan says a growing Victoria needs a more effective transport management agency.

"As we grow into the biggest state in Australia, we need to have a smarter, more integrated transport system, where roads, public transport and freight work together to get people and goods where they need to go," he says.

"We need to stop thinking in terms of a road network and a train network and a tram network – we have a transport network, and we need a single transport agency to oversee it."

Legislation to accommodate TFV has not been introduced yet, as specific plans for the new transport body have not been finalised.

The Victoria State Government will refer to key transport stakeholders before a final plan is made.

The cost of the TFV implementation has not yet been announced.

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