Car restrictions in the Melbourne CBD will not get the backing of the state government.
The City of Melbourne is considering restricting vehicles in the CBD, lowering the speed limit and increasing parking fees for on-street parking in a bid to force cars out of the city centre in two discussion papers released on Thursday, the Herald Sun reports.
A 30km/h speed limit would be imposed, streets in the CBD would be reduced to a single lane each way and several left and right turns would be blocked, to stop motorists crossing the Hoddle Grid, bounded by Flinders, La Trobe, Spencer and Spring streets.
But the ideas do not have the support of the government, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying movement through the city is already under pressure from infrastructure construction.
"The best way to get cars out of the city is to do exactly what we are doing, which is build the best public transport system in the world," Mr Andrews told reporters on Thursday.
"Melbourne City Council are free to pursue these ideas but they are not ideas that the government supports."