Balmain Street is an east-west street in Cremorne, running between Cremorne Street in the west and Church Street in the east. It links the busy Church Street to the quiet residential streets in Cremorne.
Balmain Street hosts a mixture of commercial and residential properties, including the Cherry Tree hotel. New much larger 7-storey high-rise office development is proposed to occur between the Cherry Tree and the railway line.
This and other future development will greatly increase the number of workers in the area, who will all need to commute to work each day, as well as wishing to access local shops and restaurants on Swan Street and Church Street.
Our streets are not able carry extra cars. To enable all these new workers to move around Yarra, we need to encourage walking, cycling and transit. To support this, Balmain Street should have wider footpaths and protected bicycle lanes, forming part of a wider bicycle network. Parking should occur on side streets, and should be correctly priced to manage demand.
Pedestrian crossing at the Cherry Tree Hotel
The Cherry Tree Hotel is a focal point for Cremorne, and attracts a lot of people, most of whom are walking. A large pedestrian crossing should be added:
Image credit: Streets Alive Yarra, background from Nearmap