Horsham Urban Transport Plan adopted
Published on 03 February 2020
Public feedback has helped shape Horsham Rural City Council’s strategic plan for the future of the city’s transport network.
The Horsham Urban Transport Plan, adopted at Council’s January meeting, has been developed under the banner of Transforming Horsham, which is Council’s overarching vision for growing the city’s economy, vibrancy and liveability.
The Plan lists priorities such as extra river crossings, improvements for pedestrians and cyclists and better connections between highways and industrial estates.
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Another objective is to remove trucks, which do not originate or terminate in the central business district.
Mayor Mark Radford said the plan was altered to reflect changes suggested during an eight-week public feedback period.
Twelve written submissions and 74 survey responses were received.
“The community sent a clear message about parallel parking and the plan has consequently been altered to say there’ll be no conversion of angle to parallel without the support of the community.
“Community feedback has also led to us including an action to investigate a location for a B-double uncoupling area, rather than the existing location at the east end of Hamilton Street.
The Plan includes confirmation of Council’s intention to find potential locations for an alternative truck route.
The need for extra river crossings also features in the document, with Bennett Road, Hamilton Street and Drummond Street listed as options.
“The Plan recognises that while Golf Course Road is already being used as a heavy vehicle route, the safety of this route needs to be enhanced until an alternative truck route is provided,” Cr Radford said.
“As for river crossings, the Plan’s adoption means we can move on with exploring what location would work best.”
Cr Radford said the Plan sought to improve amenities for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as public transport.
“There is clearly strong support for the reintroduction of passenger rail within the community and this needs to continue to be communicated to the State Government,” he said.