CROSSING TO BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN GAP ON BRIDGE ROAD

Friday, September 25, 2015

CROSSING TO BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN GAP ON BRIDGE ROAD
The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to keep pedestrians safe by building a $220,000 pedestrian-operated crossing on Bridge Road in Richmond.

Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne said the new crossing would be installed on Bridge Road near Bosisto Street, linking the footpath to the easy-access tram stop.

Easy access tram stops, such as those installed along Bridge Road between Church Street and Punt Road in 2013, allow people with mobility impairments, parents with prams and the elderly to safely board and disembark trams.

While the tram stops have been effective, there have been ongoing challenges for pedestrians needing to cross the road between stops and the footpath.

Mr Wynne said easy-access tram stops were an important step in giving people with mobility problems the confidence to use public transport and funding for the new crossing would improve the link between trams and the footpath.

The new crossing will allow pedestrians to stop traffic before safely crossing the road and will be linked to existing traffic lights so traffic is not disrupted.

Mr Wynne said pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and cars all needed good access to Bridge Road to support local traders.

Work to build the crossing will start later this year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne
“We have listened to the community and we’ve taken action to make sure people feel safe on Bridge Road.

“Our retail strips need to be public transport and pedestrian-friendly to encourage everyone who lives in the area to shop locally and entice people from other areas to our cafes and shops.

“The easy access stop was a good start but we have looked at the bigger picture- the tram stop loses its value to the public if they don’t feel safe crossing Bridge Road to use it.