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“Lunacy” according to key stakeholder

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August 07, 2017

Concerns about the new plan for the Kingston Bay Trail

The Member for Sandringham, Murray Thompson has expressed serious concerns regarding the planning processes and the impact upon traffic movement, cycling safety and foreshore user access as a consequence of the latest City of Kingston plan for the Bay Trail. One independent regular foreshore user described the amended plan as “lunacy”.

Mr Thompson said “There are significant potential impacts perhaps only fully evident upon a detailed site visit and evaluation”

• Parking is to be moved into the left hand traveling lane on the bay side of the road in a key section of Beach Road, in turn removing parking places – the road becomes effectively single lane outside clearway times during high foreshore access demand e.g. hot days.

• The membership of Mentone Life Saving Club has not been fully consulted on the details of the new Kingston Plan.

• Between 6:00am and 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday there will be no parking at all in Beach Road between Mentone Life Saving Club and Nepean Highway at Mordialloc.

• At certain times an important arterial road will be reduced to single lanes in each direction.

• The narrowing of lane widths needs to be reviewed in consultation with multiple cycling user groups – not just one.

Mr Thompson has invited the Minister for Roads, Hon. Luke Donnellan and the CEO of Vic Roads John Merritt or their representatives to visit the site for an inspection in concert with all relevant stakeholders.

Mr Thompson further stated that “It is important that the Bay Trail be completed but not at the expense of impeding fluent traffic movement on an arterial road, reducing parking, increasing risk of reduced cycling safety and seriously limiting foreshore access to beach users and foreshore club members.