9 AM TUESDAY 18 MAY 2016
Traffic south bound on Springvale Road at a standstill 800-900 metres from the High Street Road intersection.
Cars travelling at minimum speed and banked up across 3 lanes on Springvale Road is a common situation in the north of Glen Waverley. One of Melbourne’s busiest transit routes is also a main access point for local residents travelling to work, to schools and other local venues.
Ten minutes from home in Glen Waverley north to the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre for the 9.30 class? Forget it – allow 35 – 40 minutes.
Have a medical appointment in Glen Waverley? Allow an extra half hour to negotiate Springvale Road.
Increasing development in the area can only increase the traffic on Springvale Road and so reduce access to traffic routes for local residents:
- more than 500 residences to be built at The Glen
- 267 apartments to be built at the Galleria (formerly Village Walk)
- increased population density proposed throughout Glen Waverley Central with more high rise developments
- increased numbers of multiple dwellings per site throughout residential zones
The State Government and Monash Council must consider the implications of increased transport on Springvale Road and other main transport routes but there is a further role for Councils and for members of the community.
Pedestrian friendly environments
From Syndal cyclists can take the Waverley Rail Trail and cycle all the way into the City or Docklands!
Upgrading the cycling track from Syndal and extending it through the Central Car Park area will enable cyclists safe off road cycling all the way to the City. East of Central Car Park is the link to the Dandenong Creek Trail. Safe bicycle storage near the railway station encourages riding to catch the train. Safe bicycle storage on Central Car Park will encourage people to cycle to Kingsway to borrow a Library book or to have a coffee with friends (this is a way of life in the north of Melbourne!).
Pedestrian Friendly Environments encourage people to walk to public transport
As part of my commute I have walked from Glen Waverley north to the Glen Waverley Railway Station and the Burwood Road tram stop. A more pedestrian friendly environment can be created by improved lighting for those dark winter nights, maintaining footpaths, cutting back vegetation over footpaths and shady trees for warmer days. Signage to public transport, such as those in Springvale Road between Highbury Road and Burwood Highway also promote the use of public transport.
Car sharing is up to YOU! Ask your neighbour, post on Facebook, ask around at work. Imagine half your current petrol bill! Sure it takes a little compromise but the benefits are good.
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