Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling are important and sustainable modes of transport, and the design for East West Link will ensure that existing connections are maintained along the project corridor. Where appropriate, there may also be opportunities to improve current conditions.

Once built, East West Link would take east-west destined traffic off arterial roads like Alexandra Parade, enabling even greater improvements to the safety, frequency, reliability of public transport and cycling through these areas.

Cyclist riding through Royal Park

Capital City Trail and Moonee Ponds Creek Trail

There may be impacts to some existing bike paths around the project area during the construction of the East West Link

It is anticipated that any impacts to bike paths, including the Capital City and Moonee Ponds Creek Trails, would be temporary. Where bike paths are impacted, an alternative route will be identified and communicated to bike path users in advance.

We will work closely with Bicycle Network Victoria and bicycle user groups throughout the planning for East West Link. Further information about impacts on bike paths will be available once the project's construction contractors are on board and detailed design is completed, expected to be from mid to late 2014.

New walking and cycling paths

For safety reasons, bike paths will not be constructed in the proposed East West Link tunnel.

The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure will work with Bicycle Network Victoria and local councils to explore options for cycling infrastructure in Melbourne's inner northern suburbs.

$108m transport package for northern suburbs

On 9 February 2014, the Victorian Government announced plans for a significant package of public transport works as part of the East West Link project.

As part of Stage One for the project, an additional $108 million worth of works will be provided for public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians who are seeking to access the CBD by public transport.

East West Link is an integrated transport project that would benefit public transport users and drivers alike. The tunnel would remove up to 30 per cent of traffic each day from Alexandra Parade, which paves the way for public transport improvements. These include:

  • Alexandra Parade to become one of the city’s great boulevards, with a canopy of trees, improving the design of intersections, and developing open spaces
  • upgrades for Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART), including new bus lanes and upgraded bus stops
  • significant improvements to tram routes: 86, 112, 1 and 8
  • a new dedicated bicycle path which would run along Alexandra Parade.

Watch the Transport Package for Northern Suburbs video