As part of the City Centre Masterplan, a laneway circuit was proposed. A circuit of laneways around the city would be upgraded to help unlock the city making it a more vibrant place for residents, tourists, workers & visitors. This while also providing alternative walking routes taking the pressure off Queen St. We have seen them become massive successes with Jean Batten, O’ Connell, Federal St Stage 1, Galway, Fort St/Lane as well as parts of Lorne. Fort Street even made it into the NACTO Global Street Design Guide as a case study to follow.
We have seen the success stories these laneways have become & they have transformed the east side of the Queen Street valley. So if I was in charge where would my focus be?
My focus would be on Federal Street Stage 3 (Between Victoria Street & Fanshawe street.
This is because
- It has a huge potential to unlock the western side of the Queen Street valley, High St isn’t the most pleasant place but it already has shops so the laneway would make it great but not have anywhere near the same transformative effect. The western side is at current underused with massive potential.
- It will provide an alternative route consider it our Super Walkway SW20 or Western Ring for pedestrians taking pressure off Queen Street.
- It will provide alternative access for pedestrians while the CRL works on Albert occurs & in the future when LRT works on Queen happen to help keep the city moving.
- Will act as key transport links in the city for residents, workers & tourists
With the city nearly hitting 45000 residents, the number of residents not forecasted till 2032, we need to get moving on completing the City Centre Masterplan. Add in tourism booming and we can’t simply wait until 2022 for this important link.