Draft Transport Strategy 2030

The central city is where the demand for travel is greatest and our transport challenges complex.

The draft Transport Strategy 2030 delivers a vision to improve transport in the city, supported by a series of actions and outcomes.


  • Walking in our streets and laneways will be safe and comfortable.
  • We will extend Melbourne’s renowned laneway culture linking the ‘Little Streets’.
  • Melbourne will be Australia’s premier bicycle city.
  • Our train stations will be international gateways to our city.
  • Public transport services to the central city will be safe, accessible, direct and frequent.
  • Private vehicle access to the city will be prioritised for deliveries, servicing and people who need to use a car.
  • We will embrace the future with smart and micro mobility trials that deliver public benefit.

Artistic impression of future Little Bourke Street

Artistic impression of the future Little Bourke Street

Challenges and opportunities

The strategy proposes a series of actions, policies and projects in response to the following:

Safety and security in the city

- Pedestrian road trauma
- Footpath overcrowding
- Experience and reputation
- Lack of confidence bicycle riding
- Public transport safety

Network efficiency

- Congestion
- The impact of through-traffic
- Excess and underused parking space
- Pedestrian delays at intersections

City disruption and transformation

- Major project disruption
- Disruptive technology
- Transport emissions are increasing
- Transport pricing


We will deliver this strategy by:

  • Creating a safe and liveable city

    Safe, walkable streets support the knowledge economy, which is dependent on face-to-face interaction and the sharing of ideas and information. Cities with streets which support convenient, comfortable and safe transport have healthier populations and a more equitable society. Streets designed for people attract investment and promote economic growth.

  • Fostering an efficient and productive city

    The efficient movement of people and goods is critical to the function of our city. Economic growth and productivity is powered by efficient transport. The walking economy has been key to the success of the central city as a place to do business, visit and live. Moving more people and goods efficiently in the same amount of space is a significant challenge we must address in partnership with the Victorian Government.

  • Encouraging a dynamic and adaptive city

    As our population grows and transport challenges become more complex, there are real opportunities for technology, trials and innovative policy to be part of the solution. Our streets, public spaces and transport network must be adapted to meet the travel demands of the future while ensuring we continue to put people first in a liveable, prosperous and sustainable Melbourne.

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