The Victorian Government will create a City Controller role for Melbourne in a bid to manage network disruptions and the pipeline of major transport infrastructure works across the city effectively.
According to the state government, similar positions have been successful in other cities around the world and it is now undertaking a global search for the right candidate for the new role within Transport for Victoria.
The City Controller role aims to provide better coordination of future state and local government plans, while preventing multiple construction projects and events from gridlocking parts of the city through this coordination.
The Controller will also control the time of day for permits to close major transport arteries and will provide regular advice to the government on network performance.
The role will also help develop a Transport Control Centre to support the city as major transport infrastructure projects are delivered.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the new role will help reduce disruption impacts on the millions who move around Melbourne each year.
“As we continue to remove level crossings, upgrade tram stops and build the public transport system Victoria needs – this is what we need if we want Melbourne to keep being a 24/7 city,” she said.