Strategic Cycling Corridors – Shepparton Railway Station to the Greater Shepparton Secondary College and Victoria Park Lake

The Strategic Cycling Corridors (SCC) identify key cycling routes to and near essential services, such as work and education, as well as local trips such as public transport stations, shops and schools.

Background

The Shepparton CBD Strategy 2008 recognises the development potential of the Shepparton Railway Station Precinct, including higher scale development on underutilised land adjoining the railway, and the upgrading of streets, pedestrian and cycle spaces linking the Shepparton Railway Station with the CBD. The Strategy identifies creating a pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment as a priority, with the need for better connectivity for cyclists from the CBD and riverine areas to the Shepparton Railway Station.

The Shepparton Railway Precinct Master Plan 2017 aims to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to and from the Railway Station. Council prepared concept plans for shared path connections from the Railway Station to the CBD and Victoria Park Lake in 2018. Liesl Malan Landscape Architects Pty Ltd crafted street scaping designs to connect the Railway Station with the CBD via High Street, and with Victoria Park Lake and the new SAM via Purcell Street, Baker Street and Hayes Street. Comfort and visual amenity were provided for with shade trees and garden plantings, street furniture, lighting, and wayfinding, as well as functional upgrades to drainage, crossings, kerbs and car parking.

Significant consultation occurred with all stakeholders in 2018 including land owners and occupiers of land along the routes. This consultation is summarised in the Conversation Report Draft Shepparton Railway Station Pedestrian Overpass Concept Plan and Draft Shepparton Railway Station Shared Pathway Linkages Concept Plans March 2019.

In 2020, the State government released updated guidelines for such routes within the Victoria Cycling Strategy 2018-2028, which envisions an increase in the number, frequency and diversity of Victorians cycling for transport by investing in a safer, lower-stress, better-connected network and making cycling a more inclusive experience. The State government seeks to achieve these goals by prioritising the Strategic Cycling Corridors (SCC), which identify key cycling routes to and near essential services, such as work and education, as well as local trips such as public transport stations, shops and schools. This strategy also sets out the strategic basis for State Government funding commitments to develop the SCCs, to provide safer and lower-stress routes by including off-road shared pathways to reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents with cyclists.

One identified SCC route in Shepparton will provide safe and well connected shared pathway routes from the Shepparton Railway Station to Victoria Park Lake and the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College (GSSC). The SCC can be on and off-road, on municipal and state roads, and are designed to provide safe, lower-stress cycling for transport experience.

Shepparton Railway Station Strategic Cycling Corridors

Concept plans have been prepared for the proposed SCC route. These designs will be the subject of community consultation in April 2022 where Council will engage with residents, occupiers and other stakeholders about the project, and to encourage input on the draft designs.

The proposed SCC will be located on Hayes Street, Baker Street, Purcell Street, St Georges Road, Thompson Street and Railway Parade with a combination of both on-road cycling lanes and off-road shared paths.

Community engagement and consultation process

Draft designs are expected to be drawn up in February 2022, followed by community consultation that is expected to be completed in late March 2022.

Shepparton Railway Station Strategic Cycling Corridors

Draft designs are expected to be drawn up in March 2022, followed by community consultation that is expected to be completed in April 2022.

Information on the draft designs can be found Shaping Greater Shepp website from April 1.

Next steps

  • Council officers will continue to work collaboratively with all authorities and the Greater Shepparton community to ensure that appropriate cycling and pedestrian linkages are realised between the Railway Station, and the key locations of Victoria Park Lake and Greater Shepparton Secondary Collage.
  • Draft consultation on the SCC designs will occur between 1 April and 2 May 2022.
  • Final designs will then be prepared and sources for construction funding will then be determined.

For more information

For further enquiries, please contact the Building, Planning and Compliance Department on 03 5832 9700, by e-mail at council@shepparton.vic.gov.au, or by post to Greater Shepparton City Council, Locked Bag 1000, Shepparton VIC 3632.