Victorian Government to establish new central transport agency

VICTORIAN Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan and Roads Minister Luke Donnellan last week announced the establishment of Transport for Victoria (TFV), a new central transport agency to coordinate Victoria's growing transport system and plan for its future.

Like Transport for London and other major cities around the world, TFV will bring together the planning, coordination and operation of Victoria's transport system and its agencies, including VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria (PTV).

'Train Over Tram', Melbourne
Above: 'Train Over Tram', Melbourne / by Michael Coghlan.

According to the Ministers, the new agency will provide a single source for information about the state's road, train, tram, bus, taxi and freight networks, making it simpler and easier for Victorians to get information they need.

TFV will also plan for the future of Victoria's transport system, ensuring it grows as the community, economy and technology changes.

"This is the next evolution of the world-class transport system we are building for Victoria – a single, central, strategic body that coordinates our transport network and plans for its future," Ms Allan said.

"TFV will coordinate the delivery of our major transport projects with the day-to-day operation of our transport network, providing a single source of information so motorists and passengers can get home safer and sooner."

Over the coming months, consultation will be carried out with key stakeholders, and legislation will be introduced to establish the new body later this year.

Transport for Victoria is expected to be operational at the end of 2016. In the interim, VicRoads, PTV and other existing transport agencies will continue to provide information and support to transport users.

Photo: 'Train Over Tram', Melbourne / Michael Coghlan / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0.

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