Stonnington backs improved public transport network

Press Release | 5 October 2018

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Council is calling for improvements to the City of Stonnington’s public transport network.

Following Council’s endorsement of the ‘Stonnington Public Transport Advocacy Reference Document’, City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos said improved and connected public transport is essential for Stonnington’s growing population.

“The demand for better public transport in Stonnington is growing and, with an expected 32,000 more residents and 25,000 more jobs by 2036, this demand is only going to increase,” said Cr Stefanopoulos.

“Council is particularly interested in seeing Prahran and Windsor stations upgraded to ‘premium stations’; the service frequency and span of train and tram services increased; priority given to upgrading to accessible infrastructure; and safe tram stops,” added Cr Stefanopoulos.

 “To make genuine, sustainable improvements in Stonnington, we need to look at all three services that make up our public transport network.

“We need upgraded rail stations and more train services.  We need to extend tram routes 3 and 5 to logical terminus points – East Malvern Station and then onwards to Chadstone Shopping Centre for route 3 and Darling Station for route 5.  Tram stops need accessibility upgrades and more modern, low-floor trams introduced.  And the bus service warrants significant review to bring it up to an acceptable standard, with a service frequency that links to other public transport options, as outlined in the 2010 Bus Review.

“It is vital that Stonnington has improved public transport infrastructure and service connections, to safely and efficiently transport our residents to places they wish to visit and to their jobs,” said Cr Stefanopoulos.

Council has prepared a comprehensive list of advocacy actions covering the three services – trains, trams and buses – and will work with the State Government, public transport operators and the community to ensure these improvements are given the necessary priority.

Read the Stonnington Public Transport Advocacy Reference Document

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City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Steve Stefanopoulos is available for interview or comment.

For media or photo opportunities, please contact the City of Stonnington’s Communications Department on 8290 1113 or media@stonnington.vic.gov.au

 

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