Fast-tracking Victoria's first green park and ride
A brand new park and ride at Bulleen will be fast-tracked, with on the project starting four years ahead of schedule and creating 300 jobs as we recover from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bulleen park and ride will include a green roof, multi-level parking for 370 cars, additional quick drop-off and pick-up parking bays, bike and pedestrian paths linked to the green roof, cycling cages, myki machines and toilets.
Construction of the $69 million facility will now start next year and be complete in 2022, providing a major boost to the Victorian economy.
The design and layout of the Bullen and Doncaster park and rides will see passengers get on buses quicker and reduce bus queue times. Car park technology will show the number of car parks available on each level, making it easier for drivers to get a spot.
The park and ride will also have 24/7 CCTV monitoring and facilities for protective services officers.
The 5,000 square metre green roof will be landscaped and have walking and cycling paths connecting the new park and ride with Koonung Creek Trail and Thompsons Road.
Building the park and ride closer to the Eastern Freeway means it can open four years earlier than planned, remove the need for a temporary Doncaster Park and Ride and reduce disruption during construction. The refined design and new location will also provide better access to the Eastern Freeway, reducing travel times for bus commuters.
North East Link will allow buses to travel uninterrupted up to 100km/h along the state’s first dedicated busway on an upgraded Eastern Freeway, cutting commute times by up to 30 per cent.
North East Link will connect the M80 to the Eastern Freeway, slash travel times by up to 35 minutes, take 15,000 trucks off local roads and create 10,000 jobs.
The Urban Design and Landscape Plan for the Bulleen park and ride will be on public exhibition for 36 days, 15 days more than required during usual planning approval processes.