Doncaster Hill - The Future for Traffic and Transport

Date: 
29 May 2013

Manningham Council is requesting the State Government give more consideration to sustainable public transport options for the community following the release of the GTA Review of Parking and Traffic Management a report into the future of traffic, transport and parking management around Doncaster Hill.

Manningham Mayor Cr Jennifer Yang said that Council will continue to advocate for future transport options to fulfil the potential for Doncaster Hill; a vision shared by the State Government and Council.

“Doncaster Hill has been identified as a Principal Activities Area and needs the appropriate infrastructure to support it.  This Parking and Traffic Management Review has identified that when Doncaster Hill is completed there may be traffic congestion in afternoon peak times without a shift to public transport.”

“The full development of Doncaster Hill is not due to be completed for at least 20 years, but given the recent State Government draft report into the Doncaster Rail Study, which proposes terminating the line at the Doncaster Park and Ride, and does not give any commitment to timing, we need to be planning now for the future.”

“We need the support of our community to send a clear message to the State Government that we need a rail link and more public transport options in and around Doncaster now.  We are currently working on our submission to the Doncaster Rail Study and we would urge you to join in the conversation.  Submissions can be made at www.doncasterrailstudy.com until 28 June.”

Council has also pointed to the recently released State Government’s ‘Network Development Plan, Metropolitan Rail’, which includes the delivery of Doncaster Rail within the next 15 years.

Cr Yang said the demand for public transport is here already in Manningham.

“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that 28 per cent of people in the Zone Two area, which includes Manningham, use public transport at least once a month and this has been demonstrated by the uptake of the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus system, which was introduced in October 2010.”

“Patronage on the buses is up 47 per cent on weekdays, 212 per cent on Saturdays and 146 per cent on Sundays and there is now an average of 12,500 trips made each weekday. These figures, and those quoted in the rail feasibility study of a potential patronage of 56,000 passengers per year, show that demand is high.”

Cr Yang said that while Council has created a number of strategies and plans that will be reviewed to assist with future planning for traffic and transport around Doncaster Hill, Council does not have all the solutions for managing traffic and transport in, around and through Doncaster Hill.

“We need the State Government, and other traffic and transport agencies, to come to the table and help with long-term future planning and solutions,” she said

To read the Doncaster Hill Parking and Traffic Management Review, see the Manningham Council website, Part 1(PDF, 43.6 MB, new window) and Part 2 (PDF, 49.9 MB, new window).