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Traffic expert: St Kilda Rd could remain car-free for good

With traffic chaos surrounding a key section of one of Melbourne’s major roads, one traffic management expert says it could remain car-free for good.

St Kilda Road has been reduced from three lanes in each direction one, with work underway for the new train station at the Shrine of Remembrance.

Alexa Delbosc, a senior lecturer in engineering and traffic management at Monash University, told Tom Elliott the road becomes a bottle neck anyway, so perhaps the changes could be made permanent.

“What I’m arguing is, we’re already having to put up with this chaos for four years,” Ms Delbosc said.

“Can we just have the conversation, does the community want it to go back to the way it was or is there a different vision, a vision where cyclists are protected, room for cafes to get out on the sidewalks.

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“It already becomes a bottleneck into the city.

“I’m not against cars but is it really the most efficient way to get people into the city?”