30 April 2013 — Access Docklands, a $36 million long-term transport plan to improve trams, roads, pedestrian and cycle paths, has been given the green light after an 18-month consultation period.
One of its key initiatives is a $20 million extension of the Collins Street tramline to Victoria Harbour.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy said Docklands was the biggest Government-private sector partnership in Victoria’s history and had attracted more than $8.5 billion of private sector investment to the precinct.
“Access Docklands will ensure the right transport infrastructure is available for more than 60,000 employees and 20,000 residents who will call Docklands home by 2025,” he said.
Other upgrades and improvements to the existing network include additional capacity on major through roads including Bourke Street and Batmans Hill Drive, an additional 30 per cent vehicle capacity during peak periods and improved pedestrian and cyclist connections to the CBD, Northbank and Footscray.