Policy and legislation

Vic Roads and the Level Crossing Removal Authority have failed to carry out their proper duties under the Transport Integration Act 2010 and current transport policy as contained in the Victorian Bicycle Strategy 2018-2028 with regard to an onus to construct the Upfield Path to provide a safe and legal direct north-south cycling route alternative to Sydney Road/Hume Highway through Campbellfield, to integrate cycling facilities as part of a major construction project.

The Transport Integration Act of 2010 covers the duties of Vic Roads, the Victorian Roads Corporation in Part 5 – Transport System Agencies.

Section 86 and Section 87 of this legislation is what primarily interests us here, especially all the sections under Section 86 (2) to integrate the road system to meet the needs of all transport system users.

86 Object of the Roads Corporation
(1) The primary object of the Roads Corporation is to
provide, operate and maintain the road system
consistent with the vision statement and the
transport system objectives.
(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1),
the primary object includes the following—
(a) to ensure, in collaboration with other
transport bodies and public entities, that the
road system operates as part of an integrated
transport system which seeks to meet the
needs of all transport system users;

(b) to manage the road system in a manner
which supports a sustainable Victoria by—
(i) seeking to increase the share of public
transport, walking and cycling trips as a
proportion of all transport trips in
Victoria;
(ii) while seeking to give effect to
subparagraph (i), also seeking to
improve the environmental
performance and minimise the adverse
environmental impacts of the road
system;
(c) to contribute to social wellbeing by
providing access to opportunities and
supporting liveable communities;

(d) to promote economic prosperity through
efficient and reliable movement of persons
and goods;
(e) in collaboration with relevant bodies
including other road authorities, Victoria
Police, the Transport Accident Commission,
the Director of Public Transport, the
Director, Transport Safety, the Department
and the Department of Justice, to improve
the safety of the road system for road users
and seek to reduce deaths and injuries.

Section 87 of the Transport Integration Act of 2010 is a planning function, and it is clear Vic Roads in 87(1)(c) has failed in their plannning role for providing a safe direct north-south route for cyclists through Campbellfield to date.

According to a report on letter from the office of the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Vic Roads have no plans in play for building the Upfield Bike Path through Campbellfield.

87 Functions of the Roads Corporation
(1) The functions of the Roads Corporation are to—
(a) construct, maintain or vary roads, rail
infrastructure and other transport assets;
(b) provide and maintain roadsides;
(c) plan for the road system as part of an
integrated transport system;

(d) lead in the development and implementation
of strategic and operational policies and
plans to improve the safety of the road
system for all users, including through—ctoria;
(ii) while seeking to give effect to
subparagraph (i), also seeking to
improve the environmental
performance and minimise the adverse
environmental impacts of the road
system;
(c) to contribute to social wellbeing by
providing access to opportunities and
supporting liveable communities;
(d) to promote economic prosperity through
efficient and reliable movement of persons
and goods;
(e) in collaboration with relevant bodies
including other road authorities, Victoria
Police, the Transport Accident Commission,
the Director of Public Transport, the
Director, Transport Safety, the Department
and the Department of Justice, to improve
the safety of the road system for road users
and seek to reduce deaths and injuries.

See also Section 11 of the Transport Integration Act 2010 on integration of transport and land use:

11 Integration of transport and land use
(1) The transport system should provide for the
effective integration of transport and land use and
facilitate access to social and economic
opportunities.
(2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1),
transport and land use should be effectively
integrated so as to improve accessibility and
transport efficiency with a focus on—

(a) maximising access to residences, employment, markets, services and recreation;
(b) planning and developing the transport system more effectively;
(c) reducing the need for private motor vehicle transport and the extent of travel;
(d) facilitating better access to, and greater mobility within, local communities.

Transport Policy

The other piece of Transport policy we are interested in was developed by the Transport Department and published in December 2017. It is the Victorian Bicycle Strategy 2018-2028 available for download from the Transport Department Walking and Cycling page.

It is clear the Level Crossing Removal Authority and Vic Roads failed in implementing Section 1.7 of the Victorian Cycling Strategy on “Incorporate new cycling infrastructure in major transport projects” which states clearly:

“Major transport projects offer a valuable opportunity to improve strategic cycling corridors. This is because planning and building high-quality cycling infrastructure as part of a new project is less-disruptive and lower-cost than retrofitting it into an existing development.

All major transport projects currently being planned and built such as the Level Crossing Removal Project and the West Gate Tunnel Project include substantial new and upgraded cycling infrastructure, including infrastructure to fill gaps in the strategic cycling corridor network.

This has clearly not happened with regard to the Camp Road Level Crossing Removal, despite a motion from Hume Council (August 2017 meeting – see report at Sustainable Fawkner), as well as requests from Sustainable Fawkner and residents, urging the Transport Minister to include the construction of the bike path as part of the work.

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