Attention to traffic movement and parking is critical to help us make one park of many and improve the landscape.
Roads with through traffic create difficult barriers for pedestrians to cross. Alexandra Avenue in particular is extremely busy and is difficult to cross between Alexandra Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens. Pedestrian counts show this crossing has the lowest use of all pedestrian links.
Parking throughout the parklands has a visual impact and influences the visitor experience of landscape character and parkland. Vehicles draw the eye to them and away from the park.
As the Master Plan will guide the planning and management for the parklands for the next 20 years, we have the opportunity to consider some longer term changes to make the focus a people and park space not a car parking space.
Measures to reduce the impact of through traffic within the parklands and modification of car parking in some areas will assist in uniting the Domain parklands.
Parking and traffic study
A comprehensive parking and traffic study was conducted in the Domain Parklands to understand the existing conditions and inform the master plan.
Key points in the study findings:
- The roads and parking spaces in the Domain Parklands are used by:
- Genuine parkland users - people who have come to enjoy the parks and gardens and/or visit the various attractions within; and
- Other non-parkland users - those destined for locations outside the parklands who drive through or use the area to park.
- On an average weekday 78 per cent of the vehicle movement is through traffic.
- Of the 22 per cent of vehicles stopping in the area, many are using the all-day car parking but are not visiting the parklands.
- Weekend traffic volumes are lower than weekday traffic volumes.
- Over 1300 car parking spaces are provided.
- 63 per cent of car parking is used at the busiest period on an average weekday while 61 per cent of car parking is used on the weekend. Nearly half the weekday parking is used by commuters.
- Parking demand is heavily influenced by events within the Domain Parklands or nearby precincts (MCG or Melbourne Olympic Park area).
- Parking occupancies during events can reach very high levels.
- Most of the parking is used for destinations other than the Domain Parklands.
Read the Discussion Paper for more information on Vehicles in the Park:
- Good access to destinations within the parklands is important. While parking to visit destinations within the Domain Parklands will be retained, some on-street car parking could be converted to parkland to improve visual experience and better connect the parklands.
- Parking restrictions could be modified to better meet the needs of visitors to the Domain Parklands. This could include changing all day parking to 4 – 5 hour parking.
- Provision of bus drop off and pick up areas at destinations is required, and some bus parking could be provided on the park perimeter.
- Through traffic on internal park roads is a barrier to good pedestrian circulation and provides no benefit to park users. The Master Plan presents an opportunity to rethink options for how the road network can better support the park user.
- Traffic calming measures on internal park roads should be introduced.
- Roads closed for events could be used for placement of temporary structures, such as marquees, rather than grass.
- Temporary road closures on internal park roads could be trialled for pedestrian and cycle use.
- Alexandra Avenue is a major barrier to circulating through the parklands and traffic noise has an impact on park visitors in the Queen Victoria and Alexandra Gardens. We will examine ways to reduce the impact of noise on park users.