New Walmer Street Bridge to provide a safer connection for pedestrians and cyclists
A Liberal and National Government of Matt Guy will build a much-needed new bridge across Walmer Street in Kew. The existing heritage-listed bridge will remain, with the new fit-for-use bridge providing greater connectivity and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge is a key connection point for cyclists and pedestrians across Kew, Abbotsford and Richmond and has seen traffic increase significantly since COVID with currently around 3,000 users per day.
Liberals and Nationals will deliver the new $20 million bridge in consultation with the Town of Boroondara and the Town of Yarra to ensure existing land bridges are upgraded and connected to the new Walmer Street Bridge.
Walmer Street Bridge is a strategic link in Melbourne’s cycle network – part of a strategic cycling corridor and identified on the Core Cycle Network (PBN) and as a Cycle Priority Route (BPR). As part of Melbourne’s much-loved Capital City Trail, this important strategic link is set to last for generations to come and will help encourage sustainable transport options.
Shadow transport infrastructure minister Dr Matt Bach said the pledge is a perfect example of how investing in our suburban infrastructure really benefits the local community.
“Investing in this important project will mean a faster and safer journey for pedestrians and cyclists, not just for Kew and Abbotsford, but across the mid-east.”
“This bridge is critically important to all residents, but Andrews’ Labor government has stood idly by and failed to provide a safe and accessible new bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.”
Kew Liberal candidate Jess Wilson said the pledge was a significant and long overdue upgrade to Kew’s community infrastructure.
“The Walmer Street Bridge not only provides a crossing of the Yarra River for commuter and recreational cyclists, but for many pedestrians – whether local families, runners or dog walkers. “
“The bridge in its current state does not meet the needs of our community. It is too narrow, dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians to use at the same time, and not suitable for use. A new purpose-built bridge that meets safety and accessibility standards is required.
“Only a Liberal Government will provide this much needed upgrade to our cycle network and ensure local Kew residents have a safer and smoother journey. I’m focused on getting things done for Kew.
Richmond Liberal candidate Lucas Moon said the pledge would provide the infrastructure and investment needed to support the growing population of Abbotsford and Richmond.
“I am proud to be part of a Liberal team that is focused on supporting local communities, making it easier for people to get around and supporting improvements to Melbourne’s cycling network.”