Background

In late 2021, we engaged our community through an online survey and collaborative online mapping to better understand the current issues facing Frankston’s transport system and the communities’ ambitions for transport.

We asked questions about how people currently get around, for short and longer trips, how often they travel for specific purposes, and some of the barriers to using other modes of transport. We also provided an opportunity for people to tell us how they experience the transport system and what they would like to see in the future.

We've collected over 270 pieces of feedback from over 60 engaged individuals, and the outcomes are summarised in our Phase 1 Engagement Report, and below. This has helped us to develop the Draft Integrated Transport Strategy: Connecting Communities.

From our 2021 community engagement, we understand that:

  • You’re concerned about safety.
  • You’d like to see public transport options in more places, more often, particularly buses.
  • You want an active transport network including bike trails and footpaths that are well connected.
  • You are frustrated with car parking availability and costs in and around the City Centre

    Through our research and engagement, we found out that:

    • 36% of residents can walk under 1km to a neighbourhood shopping centre from home while 99% can cycle under 4km to a shopping centre.
    • 26 bus services operate in Frankston.
    • 128 metro train services run to Frankston each day.
    • There is enough carparking in central Frankston to fill 8 MCGs. Carparking is the largest land use in the centre of Frankston.
    • Residents want an extensive and improved network for off-road walking and cycling.
    • 7.5% of the resident population travel to work or study by public transport, walking or cycling. The Victorian average is 17%.

    Tell us if we got it right!

    We listened to your feedback and ideas, and created a blue print for Frankston’s future transport needs, our Draft Integrated Transport Strategy: Connecting Communities.

    Many of these ideas are not new but we believe they are sensible. We need to be proactive and prepare for our future now; a future that is healthier, safer, connected, more sustainable and inclusive.

    Share your feedback by:

    • Telling us if you agree or disagree with the Big Issues facing Frankston City.
    • Telling us if you agree or disagree with the Key directions for change.
    • Telling us if you think anything is missing.
    • Sharing your feedback with us in-person at the Mayor's Picnic - 17 September @ 12pm - 5pm (Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve).
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    Big issues facing Frankston City

    The key challenges captured below summarise some of the big issues facing Frankston City that this Strategy tackles.

    Key directions for change

    These key directions were developed based on the feedback we received from the community in 2021 and research.

    • Implement Electric Vehicle Charging

      We will advocate for funding and work in partnership to support the roll-out of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

    • Capitalise on major transport projects

      These projects offer unique opportunities to make further improvements to local transport networks, including advocating to the State Government, and undertaking projects ourselves.

    • Real time car parking information

      We are going to investigate opportunities to install smart infrastructure to provide real time information on where available parking bays are.

    • Better integrate our train stations

      We want to make it easier for people to transfer from one mode of public transport to another.

    • Create high quality walking and cycling networks

      We want to makes it easier for more people to access everyday shops and services via sustainable modes.

    • Monitor and act on emerging transport technology

      Council will develop an Emerging Transport Policy Paper to ensure we are able to capitalise on the technology that help us meet the targets set out in the Draft Integrated Transport Strategy.

    • A coherent, attractive, and safe cycling network

      We will implement a comprehensive cycling network to enable more people to ride in a safe environment, connecting communities to shops and other key destinations.

    • Walking and cycling to school the preferred choice

      Working with each school in Frankston to create an Active Travel Plan, and supported by safe infrastructure upgrades, we will improve student health and learning outcomes while also reducing traffic congestion.

    • Highways to Boulevards

      Nepean Highway has been identified as a key corridor to transform this corridor into a people-focused civic and economic corridor.

    • Quick wins

      These proposed quick wins could improve our transport system right away:

      1. Information on existing bicycle trails
      2. Trial an ‘Open Street’
      3. Expand shared micro-mobility
      4. High-capacity bus corridors as ‘turn up & go’ service
      5. Unique and consistent bike parking design
      6. Adopt Vision Zero for road safety
      7. Develop a road hierarchy
      8. Support transition to electric vehicles & bikes
      9. Review freight access in industrial areas
      10. Trial Parking Overstay Detector Systems and smart parking
      11. Investigate car share options.