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UDIA Victoria welcomes Infrastructure Victoria’s Fast, Frequent, Fair report, which shines a light on long-term underinvestment in transport connections to Melbourne’s growth suburbs.
UDIA Victoria supports the report’s recommendations and encourage the government to consider them in light of the significant community benefits the initiatives would generate.
“Improving transport connections to our newer suburbs will better connect hundreds of thousands of Victorians to more jobs, schools, health services and activity centres.” UDIA Victoria’s CEO, Linda Allison said.
Ms Allison also noted that investment in the bus network can make an impactful difference to the Victorian community in a more time and cost-effective way than other modes of transport.
“Victoria is budget constrained and the State Government needs to focus on delivering high-quality and cost-effective transport connections that generate the strongest return on investment,” Ms Allison said.
The report shows that many growth areas do not have adequate public transport connections to support their current populations. With more than 450,000 new residents expected to settle in the growth areas over the next decade, the time to plan and invest is now.
“Victorians are drawn to these suburbs for the affordability and lifestyle they offer, however without adequate public transport connections, it can be difficult for people to easily access jobs, services and amenities.
“Better public transport options will lead to fewer car trips, cut down road congestion and reduce pollution. This report shows fast, frequent and fair access to bus services in the growth areas will have huge community and economic benefits.” Linda Allison said.
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UDIA Victoria: Linda Allison, CEO