A second, new bridge has been proposed for the congested Walmer Street crossing of the Yarra between Kew and Abbotsford on the Main Yarra Trail.
If elected a Matt Guy Liberals and Nationals Government would build a new structure adjacent to the existing heritage-listed bridge.
The usually busy bridge is currently closed for the replacement of the decrepit approach ramp on the Kew side.
For many years the old bridge has been a vital connection for bike riders and walkers along the Yarra who need top switch sides to continue their journey along the trail.
The Liberals and Nationals would deliver the $20 million new bridge in consultation with both the City of Boroondara and the City of Yarra to ensure existing land bridges are upgraded and connected to the new bridge at Walmer Street.
The bridge is owned and maintained by the two councils.
The announcement last week said that “as part of Melbourne’s much-loved Capital City Trail, this important strategic link needs to be future-proofed for generations to come and will help encourage sustainable transport options."
Shadow Minister for Transport Infrastructure, Dr Matt Bach, said this commitment is a perfect example of how investing in our suburban infrastructure truly delivers for the local community.
“Investing in this important project will mean a quicker and safer commute for pedestrians and cyclists, not just for Kew and Abbotsford, but across the inner east.
“This bridge is critically important for all locals, but the Andrews Labor Government has sat on its hands and failed to deliver a new, safe and accessible bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Liberal Candidate for Kew, Jess Wilson, said this commitment was an important and long overdue infrastructure upgrade for the Kew community.
“The Walmer Street bridge not only provides a crossing across the Yarra River for commuter cyclists and recreational riders, but for many pedestrians – whether local families, runners or dog walkers.”
“The bridge in its current state it does not meet the needs of our community. It is too narrow, unsafe for both cyclists and pedestrians to use at the same time and is not fit-for- purpose.
A new, purpose-built bridge that meets safety and accessibility standards is needed.
“Only a Liberal Government will deliver this much needed upgrade of our bicycle network and ensure that local Kew residents will be guaranteed a safer and more seamless journey. I’m focussed on getting things done for Kew.”
Liberal Candidate for Richmond, Lucas Moon, said this commitment would deliver the infrastructure and investment needed to support the growing population in Abbotsford and Richmond.
“I’m proud to be part of a Liberal team that is focused on backing local communities, making it easier for people to commute and supports improving Melbourne’s bicycle network.”