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City of Melbourne Transport Strategy

Melbourne is a 24-hour city. We are a walking and cycling city. Melbourne’s new transport strategy sets key directions and targets for a growing city. Around 800,000 people move through the city every day; this is expected to increase to more than one million by 2030.

The City of Melbourne’s new transport strategy acknowledges this expected growth and indicates that there is a link between how easily people can get into and around the city, and the city’s economy.

Improvements to the municipality’s walking environment, upgrades to the cycling network and options for city freight delivery are part of the strategy, which was adopted by Council in May and updates the 2006 strategy Moving People and Freight.

Download and read the Transport Strategy: 

(Please note that this is a very large file and may take some time to download.   PDFs of individual chapters are below).

  1. Foreword and Executive Summary (PDF, 489kb)
  1. Preface (PDF, 306kb)
  2. Making Melbourne a connected city (PDF, 1.4MB)
  3. Walking city (PDF, 2.8MB)
  4. Cycling city (PDF, 4.1MB)
  5. City driving (PDF, 620kb)
  6. Train (PDF, 2MB)
  7. Tram (PDF, 1.5MB)
  8. Bus (PDF, 839kb)
  9. Taxi (PDF, 65kb)
  10. Car share (PDF, 74kb)
  11. Bike share (PDF, 87kb)
  12. Transport information (PDF, 35kb)
  13. Regional and global transport connections (PDF, 239kb)
  14. Port freight and logistics (PDF, 499kb)
  15. Central city freight and delivery (PDF, 273kb)
  16. Key directions (PDF, 446kb)
  17. Summary of actions (PDF, 59kb)

Focus of the strategy

The strategy has six key directions which represent the most important aspects of this strategy and outline the areas in which the City of Melbourne’s advocacy and actions will be concentrated. These are:

  1. integrated transport and land use planning
  2. go anywhere, anytime public transport for inner Melbourne
  3. optimise the transport effectiveness of inner Melbourne’s roads
  4. create pedestrian friendly high-mobility public transport streets in the central city
  5. make Melbourne a cycling city
  6. foster innovative, low-impact freight and delivery in central Melbourne.


The strategy identified 126 actions to deliver these key directions and an implementation plan is currently being developed to achieve these actions. 

Work that has already come out of the Transport Strategy 2012 includes the City of Melbourne’s Bicycle Plan 2012-16 and associated projects. Work is also underway on a Pedestrian Strategy to ensure that Melbourne remains one of the world’s great walking cities.

Community and stakeholder engagement

The final City of Melbourne Transport Strategy document is the result of extensive stakeholder engagement and community consultation.

Further information

To learn more about this project:

Phone: 03 9658 9658

You can also register for updates on current and upcoming City of Melbourne consultations.

Melbourne Metro Strategy and Melbourne Rail Link

In May 2014, the Victorian Government announced plans to proceed with the Melbourne Rail Link, which replaces the Metro Rail Capacity Project as outlined in this Transport Strategy.  More information on this change can be found at Melbourne Metro Project and Melbourne Rail Link.

City street with tram and cyclists