‘Great Streets’ Blueprint

Swanston Street Stage 1

View along Swanston Street in front of the State Library [Source: City of Melbourne]

80 per cent of the public space in Melbourne’s Central Business District is comprised of streets. As the population of the city continues to grow the municipality will invest $23 million in street infrastructure under the ‘Great Streets’ Blueprint. Using the Swanston Street model, a comprehensive framework will be developed and applied to other major streets. Central to the plan will be amenity improvements including trees, street furniture, lighting, bike lanes along with a study of the retail mix. Initial work will focus on completing the first stage of Swanston Street, followed by Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane. A consultation and design process will also be undertaken for a pedestrian precinct along Queen Street adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market.

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