We only consider applications to build or maintain shared user pathways from local councils.
Our role in the approval process is as landowner.
If your application relates to unused land then it can be leased or licenced directly from us.
However, sometimes land is used for transport operations. We lease land and infrastructure to the Department of Transport (DoT) who sub-lease it to private transport operators (franchisees) e.g. Metro Trains
That's why we often have to consult the transport operators about shared user pathways.
Shared user pathway applications are assessed against our policy principles and guidelines.
In summary, the policy principles are:
- Shared user pathways must be located a safe distance from operational rail corridors
- Shared user pathways must be in a location that does not interfere with access to key infrastructure necessary for the safe operation of public transport.
- The design must meet VicTrack and the franchisee’s standards to ensure public safety.
- The design may be required to go through a risk assessment with representatives from VicTrack and the franchisee’s (note: this may incur a cost).
- Design must be approved by VicTrack and the franchisees before works commence.
- A shared user pathway must not fall into disrepair or become a public safety problem. If a shared user pathway becomes an imminent risk or council is negligent in the maintenance of the pathway, the pathway will be removed at the council's expense.
- Council will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the pathway and associated licenced land. This includes but is not limited to removal of graffiti, litter, and weeds; vegetation management; and keeping the area tidy and safe for public access.
Following an internal review, your application will be referred to the Department of Transport and the relevant franchisee to seek land clearance, a licence term and determine any requirements to confirm if the land is available for use.
This process can take 3-6 months.
During the review and clearance process the applicant may be required to submit additional information to ensure both VicTrack and the relevant Franchisee’s requirements are met.
If approved a licence is issued to allow installation and ongoing maintenance of the pathway.