Euan Ramsay

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Conference Paper

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Subject Area

mode - bike, place - australasia, ridership - drivers, land use - planning, mode - bus, planning - network design, land use - urban density


connection to activity centre, Melbourne, bicycle network, catchment, coverage


The integrated transport and land use strategy, Melbourne 2030, defined a Principal Public Transport Network (PPTN) in 2002 intended to provide a high quality and direct public transport connection between the activity centres. The PPTN was recently revised by the Department of Transport in response to growth in Melbourne‟s population, introduction of new services to support that growth, and release of several strategies to supplement the original Melbourne 2030.
This paper summarises the process undertaken in reviewing the PPTN. It re-examines the original definition, emphasising connection to activity centres rather than between them, sets out a list of objectives of the network and the criteria used to select the individual links that form the network.
Examples of proposed revisions to the network are presented, which would improve accessibility to activity centres, and improve both the catchment and coverage by public transport services. Relations to other defined transport networks are examined, particularly the Principal Freight Network and the Principal Bicycle Network, as is the implementation of the PPTN as both a land use planning tool and within VicRoads‟ network operating plans.