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Go further with Melb CBD car ban: RACV

AAP logoAAP 27/07/2016 By Luke Costin

Victoria's peak motoring body wants a plan to ban cars from part of a CBD street in Melbourne to go even further.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle on Thursday unveiled plans to reduce car access to the busy south end of Elizabeth Street, adding more greenery and walking paths and providing better access to public transport.

A 100m southbound section of the street, from Flinders Lane to Flinders St would be blocked to cars.

But that is not nearly enough for the RACV public policy manager Brian Negus, who wants the centre of Melbourne turned into a "proper, interconnected, European-style mall".

Negus says the car ban should go all the way from Flinders St to the Bourke St Mall shopping precinct.

"That would allow a beautification that otherwise wouldn't be possible," he told AAP on Thursday.

"This is a good start to at least say it's on the agenda but we would say it doesn't go far enough."

Currently, cars are banned in the CBD from Bourke St Mall and Swanston St.

The council has spoken numerous times over the past few years about rejuvenating the southern end of Elizabeth St area but no significant works have begun.

Analysis of the area shows four in five users during the morning peak are pedestrians.

That number is expected to increase when the Melbourne Metro project pushes trams off the congested Swanston St and onto Elizabeth St.

"The first step is to talk to businesses, residents and key agencies in the area about what is going to be possible," Mr Doyle said.

A council vote on whether to approve the car ban and street revamp will be held on Tuesday.

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