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Future planning for how we move across our region

Friday 13 October 2023

AlburyCity has released the draft MOVE: The Albury Wodonga Integrated Transport Strategy for feedback from the community.

The strategy looks at the future of transportation across our region over the next ten years, focusing on improved connectivity, accessibility, and sustainability as our region continues to grow. It covers all modes of transport including walking, riding, driving, freight, aviation, micromobility such as bicycles and scooters, and public transport.

Extensive consultation with the community was undertaken in mid-2022, including an online survey and interactive map where community members could pin their ideas, as well as face-to-face presentations, workshops and pop-ups.

There was strong community desire to allow for more active and sustainable modes of transport such as walking and riding, as well as ensuring our network offers environmentally friendly options to reduce our carbon emissions. Many people were also receptive to introducing new and emerging transport modes such as electric powered vehicles to allow for more variety in how we get around.

The community raised issues around connectivity across our region, as well as a range of barriers which are causing dissatisfaction with our public transport networks such as wait times and route availability. They also highlighted safety as a key issue that needs to be addressed across different modes of transport.

Some of the key actions in the strategy include advocating to state government for increased bus and train services, including improved links between the Albury Train Station and Airport; exploring game changing modes of transport such as rapid buses, shuttle buses, monorails or a light rail corridor; exploring options for shared micromobility (e-scooter and e-bike) trials; developing an electric vehicle charging policy; investigating opportunities to introduce active transport infrastructure on four lane roads; advocating to state government for additional active transport crossings across the Hume Freeway and Murray River; installing additional bike parking and repair stations; advocating for improved safety at state government managed intersections; conducting a speed zone review; installing traffic calming measures such as raised zebra crossings and much more.

AlburyCity Mayor Kylie King said “The way we get around is an important part of our everyday life and can have both positive and negative impacts on our wellbeing. It’s important that as our region grows we continue to improve connections and offer variety in the way we move around.”

“The MOVE Strategy was developed based on extensive consultation with our community to ensure it aligns with their values and aspirations, and addresses the everyday challenges being faced. I encourage our community to review the strategy and provide your feedback to ensure your voice has been heard.”

The community are invited to provide their feedback on the draft strategy before Sunday 5 November on the AlburyCity website.