The Western Distributor will provide more active and sustainable transport choice for both walking and commuter and recreational cycling in the west by:
- building new separated paths for cyclists and pedestrians to improve safety and provide a more direct travel route
- improving cycling and walking routes, with new shared user paths
- upgrading existing shared user paths, providing improved access to public open space and recreational facilities
- completing a major cycling corridor from the west, providing new cycling links and enhanced connections
- reducing the number of trucks on local roads in the inner west
- improving safety and amenity for cyclists and pedestrians
We've heard what's important to you
Comments captured through consultation to date on cycling and walking connections include:
- access to walking and cycling facilities, public transport and the freeway is a benefit of living in the inner west
- comments about the ability to travel safely, whether by foot, bike or motor vehicle, given the high volumes of truck traffic and shortfalls in the existing cycling network
- the project needs to consider pedestrian, cyclist and public transport user safety and amenity
- opportunities to improve cycling route connectivity exists at key locations through the inner west including Federation Trail, Footscray Road and around the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail
- a need to prioritise cycling and pedestrian facilities in relation to potential future development and land uses when planning for the Western Distributor.
What we'll be improving
In response to your feedback, a number of cycling and walking infrastructure upgrades have been identified as part of the Western Distributor.
Kororoit Creek Trail improvements
The project will deliver shared user paths within the bridge works area, on both sides of Kororoit Creek.
Improving north-south connectivity
Pedestrian bridges over the West Gate Freeway will be replaced and upgraded, to be compliant with Disability Discrimination Act and will also provide improved stair access.
There will also be new and upgraded separated paths on both sides of Millers Road and Williamstown Road under the West Gate Freeway.
Improving connectivity to the Federation Trail
The project will provide a shared user path connection to Federation Trail at both Millers Road and Williamstown Road.
There will also be provision for a shared user path on the west side of the Newport Freight Railway Line, under the West Gate Freeway in Altona North. This will provide a connection to the Federation Trail on the north side.
Completion of the ‘missing’ link in the Federation Trail
As part of the project, we will complete the Federation Trail missing link providing a separated path between Williamstown Road and Hyde Street.
Bay Trail connection safety
The project will provide a signalised crossing on Hyde Street to provide a safe connection from the Federation Trail to Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail and Bay Trail, located on the east side of Hyde Street.
Addressing cycling and vehicle conflicts in Yarraville and Footscray
There will be a new fully separated walking and cycling connection from the Somerville Road/Whitehall intersection to the Maribyrnong RIver.
Footscray Road shared user path intersection safety
The Footscray Road shared user path will become a fully separated path with new crossings at MacKenzie Road, Dock Link Road and Appleton Dock Road providing for a more efficient and safer cycling route and reducing conflict between trucks, cyclists and pedestrians.
At these intersections, pedestrian access will still be available to Footscray Road to provide flexibility and convenience.
Dynon Road path connectivity
The project will connect Dynon Road shared path with Capital City Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Spencer Street via new crossings of Moonee Ponds Creek and Dynon Road Rail lines to provide connectivity upgrades to West Melbourne and the city.
Moonee Ponds Creek Trail and Footscray Road path congestion
We will improve the safety and efficiency of the Capital City Trail connection at Footscray Road to account for the large volume of cyclists using this route.
Throughout planning for the project we have consulted with the community, councils and walking and cycling groups to understand
their travel needs and ideas. We will continue to work with key stakeholders to get the best connectivity for the project.
The project team have commenced a comprehensive and transparent planning, consultation and approvals process for the Western Distributor through an Environment Effects Statement (EES). An EES provides a robust framework for assessing the effect of major projects in Victoria and informs the planning approval decisions that are required from authorities.
The EES will be publicly exhibited in early 2017 with construction on the project expected to begin in late 2017 and complete in 2022.