Monash welcomes Huntingdale bus interchange announcement
Monash University has stated that they welcome the Labor’s announcement that they will build the Huntingdale bus interchange.
The plan, announced recently by Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews, will ensure a fully integrated train, bus, car, taxi and bicycle travel experience for Monash University commuters.
The university’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the new interchange will significantly improve the commuter experience for students and staff travelling to the Clayton campus.
“Huntingdale station serves as a critical gateway for the thousands of staff, students and visitors who access the university and the Monash Employment Cluster every day. The plan will address a number of current issues for commuters including safety, accessibility and lack of weather protection,” Professor Gardner said.
“With a 58 per cent increase in passenger numbers on the 601 bus service to the Clayton campus in the last two years, the existing facilities are already at capacity and the new development is imperative to keep pace with the expected growth in student numbers in coming years.”
The Huntingdale bus interchange will improve connections to the bus interchange at Monash University‘s Clayton campus which is the fourth busiest in Victoria, with approximately 16,000 passengers transitioning through it daily.
Vice-Chancellor Gardner said Monash has advocated strongly for the Huntingdale bus interchange. Affordable and efficient public transport must be a priority for students, staff and visitors. The new facilities and full integration of trains, buses, bikes, taxis and cars will improve the commuting experience and make public transport a viable option for more people.
Monash University Clayton campus
Monash University Clayton campus is the largest of the university’s eight campuses. Eight out of the university’s 10 faculties are represented on campus:
- Business and Economics
- Information Technology
- Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
The campus offers a rich array of sporting, cultural, and educational events and facilities, and has a proud record of achievement in fostering collaborative research projects.
Monash wants to be a world leader in sustainability and design of its grounds. The Clayton Campus is a fine example of campus design and planning in Australia. Fifty years ago, the Clayton site was a series of grassed paddocks with a few shelter belts and housed a facility for epilepsy sufferers. It is now a bustling campus with a wonderful vista of native trees and shrubs that few public, open spaces can match. They have been listed as an Australian Significant Landscape by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.