caulfield integrated transport strategy

To respond to increasing challenges of congestion and modal priority in the precinct surrounding Caulfield Station, the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) appointed GTA in 2019 to create an Integrated Transport Strategy. This involved developing objectives to support a more sustainable non-car access approach increasing walking, cycling, public transport patronage, and overall connectivity with the high-density residential developments close to Caulfield Railway Station.

The precinct is home to the Caulfield campus of Monash University, the Caulfield Racecourse and a growing number of medium and high-density apartments, and relies on a combination of transport modes to ensure accessibility and connectivity for the thousands who travel to and from the area every day.

With anticipated growth in student numbers attending Monash University’s Caulfield campus in the coming years, as well as increased development in commercial and residential property, this project required demand projections to anticipate changes to travel demands into the future, as well as determine the best way to support the community and neighbourhood in response to the growing demand.

With completion of Melbourne Metro in 2025 Caulfield Station will also become a key interchange point for routes into the CBD, further increasing the attractiveness of the area. 

In the initial stage. GTA developed a deeper understanding of land uses in the Caulfield precinct. This knowledge formed the basis of mesoscopic and strategic modelling used to interpret future demands on the transport network. Different scenarios were run through the models to reconcile the impact of the demand changes on the different modes as well as testing the impacts of alternative interventions.

Through this approach, there was an opportunity to assess what would happen if short-distance car-based trips were allocated to different modes, how existing road space could be reallocated, as well as ways of supporting non-car travel options. Collectively these scenarios created a series of opportunities for the short, medium and long-term transport planning in support of the objectives first established at the initial stage of the project.

Following on from this project, VPA appointed GTA in 2020 to undertake the Access and Movement Strategy as the next stage in re-defining modal priorities for each street and developing concept designs that translate the integrated transport strategy into tangible changes across the public realm. This is an ongoing project and will be delivered in late 2020.

Client // Victorian Planning Authority

GTA Office // Melbourne

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