The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the cycling network in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, with work about to begin on the Ringwood section of the $14.8 million new shared use path between Box Hill and Ringwood.

Once completed, the 10km shared path will link the vibrant Box Hill precinct to Ringwood’s centre, connecting cyclists and walkers to public transport, services and facilities.

The Ringwood section of this project will connect the walking and cycling path at Eastlink, which was completed as part of the level crossing removal works at Heatherdale Station, to the playground on Albert Street.

Works on this section will include construction of a new path along the southern side of the railway line.

Pedestrian lights will be installed at Molan Street, and the intersection of New Street and Albert Street will be fully signalised, enabling right turns from Albert Street into New Street heading towards Maroondah Highway.

Works are scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.

Planning work and consultation is underway on the remaining three sections needed to provide a full connection from Box Hill to Ringwood.

Work on two of these sections is due to start later this year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane

“We’re making it quicker, easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to get around Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.”

“This project will create a safer environment for cyclists and provide better connectivity for the local community to business activity districts, train stations and schools.”