Jim Stynes Bridge to bring Northbank to life

From the Minister for Planning

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Media Release - From the Minister for Planning

Construction of the $18 million Jim Stynes Bridge that will provide the vital missing pedestrian, bicycle and commuter link between Melbourne’s Central Business District with Docklands and Southbank commenced today.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said the Jim Stynes Bridge would shape the development of a vibrant Northbank waterfront precinct, further enhancing amenity and accessibility.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to providing the right infrastructure to see Northbank develop into a vibrant inner city precinct and ensure we continue to build on these unique assets,” Mr Guy said.

“The Jim Stynes Bridge will significantly enhance the quality of public space, improve access and create better connections to this important part of Melbourne.

“The bridge will also create a link in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure between the CBD and Docklands, building on the Coalition Government’s recent $18 million commitment to plugging the missing link in Melbourne’s north east, the Darebin Creek Trail,” Mr Guy said.

When completed, the new bridge will improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists between the Northbank waterfront, Docklands and Melbourne’s CBD. It will traverse beneath the Charles Grimes Bridge and feature an innovative design making it appear as though it is hovering above the water.

Northbank is a $23 million joint initiative with the Coalition Government and the City of Melbourne which aims to improve walking and cycling access between Spencer Street and Docklands, and along the Yarra River.

Mr Guy also announced today the official opening of McCrae Street extension, a further expansion of the traffic and pedestrian network in Docklands.

The McCrae Street extension and footpath, to be delivered by Places Victoria and Kangan Institute, provides greater pedestrian access from the CBD to Batman’s Hill, Webb Bridge and Docklands. It will also connect to the Jim Stynes Bridge once completed.

For further information go to: www.dpcd.vic.gov.au/planning.

Media contact: Rachel Obradovic 0400 916 830 rachel.obradovic@minstaff.vic.gov.au