The Victoria Tourism Industry Council has welcomed a proposal to introduce a new service lane for the city’s airport bus service, saying it would improve access to Victoria, including to and from Melbourne Airport.
The proposed new lane would make use of the existing emergency lanes on the Tullamarine Freeway and the Bolte Bridge.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith says, “The tourism industry would welcome the introduction of a dedicated SkyBus lane on CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway, with the road providing a ‘red carpet’ for our state’s visitors to be welcomed upon.
“It is great that the State Government has recognised the issue of congestion on the major roads leading to the airport and the potential impact this could have on Victoria’s $15.9 billion visitor economy, as well as on locals.
“The Government should ensure it consults with all relevant stakeholders on this matter, including the taxi industry and SkyBus itself, before making any significant reforms.
“Myki visitor packs are already sold on the SkyBus, making it easier for tourists to use Melbourne’s public transport system. SkyBus’ inclusion under the Myki system would continue to simplify the experience for tourists and locals.
“We urge SkyBus and the State Government to work together to see how public transport could be simplified even more for visitors, improving the quality of their Victorian experience.
“VTIC congratulates the Government on considering these options to ease pressures on our transport system, and urges it to continue looking at further options, including the rail link between Melbourne Airport and the CBD, when it is appropriate.
“It is important to consider visitor needs when looking at public transport infrastructure. Improving the visitor experience is essential for Victoria to remain a desirable and successful tourist destination, and any measure to ease access to the airport is welcomed.”
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