Moreland Council have announced a Survey on extending Sydney Road tram through Fawkner. This is gratifying to see, although it is just the first step in a campaign to have the No 19 Sydney Road tram service extended past it’s present Bakers Road, North Coburg terminus.
In November 2014 we argued it was time to Extend Route 19 tram to Fawkner and Campbellfield. There is a strong argument that the tramline should be extended to the Campbellfield shops, and build a public transport interchange linking the tram terminus with the Upfield train line (which also needs upgrading to dual track and electrification to Craigieburn) and east west bus routes along Mahoney’s Rd/Camp Road. (Bus interconnect includes: 902 – Chelsea – Airport West SMARTBUS Service, 530 Campbellfield – Coburg via Fawkner, 531 – Upfield – North Coburg via Somerset Estate, 538 Somerset Estate Broadmeadows via Camp Rd)
This would add substantial amenity to residents in Fawkner and Hadfield in accessing a range of shopping centres, including the Campbellfield shops. It would also add amenity to the various motels along Sydney road in Fawkner, encouraging their patrons to leave their cars parked and travel through Moreland by tram and train.
Extending the tram line along the Sydney Road median strip would involve re-landscaping and possible removal of some established trees between Boundary Road and Anderson Roads. This will need to be approached sensitively, and if trees are removed adequate replacements replanted, including more trees to account for the carbon loss of the established trees removed (it’s not a matter of just doing a substitute planting). A high pressure gas main also uses this reserve.
In addition to the tramline on the median strip, adding a bikepath on the same median strip as far as Anderson Road may also provide part of the solution of safe access for cyclists from Fawkner’s north for accessing the Upfield bike path. Building a tramline extension would be an optimum time to incorporate planning and build for a bikepath next to the tramline on the median strip, similar to St Georges Road.
Fill out the Council Survey, which is open for completion until 27 February 2017, 12:00 AM.
We look forward to working with our North East ward councillors: Sue Bolton, Ali Irfanli, Natalie Abboud, Annalivia Carli Hannan, as well as the other ward councillors on transport issues in the municipality.