What we are asking

$2.5 million for a planning/feasibility study and business case to help us understand the current and future road transport needs of our community.

The study will address the long-standing impacts of traffic demand that undermine connectivity and accessibility for residents, visitors and businesses on the southern Peninsula.

It will examine the potential for improvements to existing roads/ road corridors or a new road, using the existing Mornington Peninsula Freeway reserve.

The feasibility study will include:

  • traffic modelling of current and projected demand, road capacity and travel times under different scenarios
  • an investigation of options and the development of preliminary concepts
  • a strategic assessment of the available alternatives and the social, economic, and environmental factors, including the impact on the environmental values and long-term management of the Tootgarook Wetlands
  • a study of all methods of moving people, including public transport as a means of reducing congestion.

What makes this unique

Rye, Tootgarook and Capel Sound are all impacted by gridlocked traffic conditions at peak times.

Traffic congestion increases business costs and reduces productivity. It also significantly impacts the health and wellbeing of our community.

To reduce the impact of current and projected longterm congestion on our residents and visitors to the southern Peninsula, there is a need to alleviate significant pinch points on existing arterial road corridors, particularly:

  • Eastbourne Road
  • Point Nepean Road from Rosebud to Rye
  • Key intersections along the Boneo Road – Browns Road inland corridor.

We need to reduce carbon emissions by reducing vehicle congestion and providing more effective rapid transit bus links.

Significant amenity improvements to townships along Point Nepean Road are urgently needed.

We need to establish definitive transport plans that are evidence-based and will provide a strong framework for future infrastructure investment decisions.

NOTE: The business case may require a decision by State Government on the need for a formal Environmental Effects Statement, particularly if the option of a new road within the current Freeway Reservation is still considered a feasible alternative

  • The Shire’s previous study of alternative arterial corridors on the southern Peninsula.
  • Mornington Peninsula Access and Mobility Study 2009.
  • Current investigations as part of the Shire’s draft Integrated Transport Strategy on the southern Peninsula.
  • Previous Department of Transport (DoT) study of Point Nepean Road.
  • Rye Township Plan identifies the need to reduce the impact of traffic on Point Nepean Road through Rye and provide greater opportunities for place making and safety improvements.
  • DoT/Shire Travel Time study and live Bluetooth travel time display system on southern Peninsula corridors. Tourism demand studies for the Shire.
  • Crash statistics on Point Nepean for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • The Shire’s Pedestrian and Cycling strategies.
  • MRPV business case investigations and traffic modelling around the southern end of the MP Freeway.
  • Climate Emergency Plan Mornington Peninsula Shire.
  • Tootgarook Wetland Management Plan.
  • Shirewide Parking Management Strategy.

Supports the following principles of the Council Plan:

Principle 1: Addressing climate change

Principle 2: Integrated public transport and accessibility infrastructure

Principle 3: Support an inclusive, connected and safe society.