Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
North: Craigieburn Rail Path
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The rail corridor presents a fantastic opportunity to better connect the community to the rest of the Metropolitan Trail Network and provide a high transport function
Pascoe Vale rail corridor plans underway
29 November 2012. The City of Moreland has started planning the bike trail which will link Pascoe Vale to Oak Park, Glenroy and beyond, along the Craigieburn rail alignment.
The trail will eventually connect from The Moonee Ponds Creek Trail to the Western Ring Road. The City of Hume will likely extend the trail even further north at some future time, and Moonee Valley Council is looking to continue a path in the rail reserve where the rail line passes through its municipality.
Moreland has began detailed planning for the first 2.3km stage of the project. Construction could feasibly start next financial year if funding is made available. Plans are available here.
The project could cost in the vicinity of $4.5M to $5M once drainage and lighting is included.
The first stage is in the middle of the Moreland section from Oak Park Station to Devon Road, enabling low-traffic roads to act at temporary connections to the north and south.
The off-road sections to the north and south will be constructed later.
The trail will be 2.5 to 3 metres wide, depending on space availability. When completed there will be connections to Strathmore High School and the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, and Broadmeadows shopping centre.
The trail is being constructed on VicTrack land. VicTrack can be defensive regarding bike facilities on it land, so this planned track is a major achievement.
Election opportunity for candidates to show support
15 August 2012 Bicycle Network Victoria has identified this project as a local council priority for the 2012 Local Government election. Candidates should be ready to support the development and full or partial funding of this project in conjunction with State Government and can tell riders in their Council area their position by posting their candidates' statement at VoteBike.
Bang for buck project would get thousands riding
July 2012 Moreland Council has been looking into how to improve riding conditions along this corridor as thousands of residents wait for a place to ride. With the lure of a Zone One ticket at Glenroy Station (refer orange line on map, right) or a more direct way to connect into the rest of the Metropolitan Trail Network at Moonee Ponds Creek Path at the southern end of the corridor (refer map, right), funding is desperately needed to design and construct a bike route.
We are calling upon the Baillieu State Government to allocate funding and resources to deliver for the thousands of residents in this region.
Corridor of intent has desire
With many Parkiteer Cages already in place along this rail line, the Broadmeadows Central Activity District in the middle and the rest of the Metropolitan Trail Netwrok beckoning nearby, this path's time has come.