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Regional Rail

Victorian budget 2017: more new trams and trains on the way

Yesterday's budget contained a not-so-insignificant amount allocated to the procurement of more rail vehicles for both the tram network and the regional V/Line network. $218.1 million has been set aside to order 10 more E-class trams on top of the 20 that were announced and ordered in last year's budget. The tranche of 50 E-class trams that were from the original order have now all been delivered and Bombardier are now working on the next...

V/Line, wheel flanges and where to for the vision of the Dandenong rail corridor

Comment The finger-pointing which has surfaced in the reporting of V/Line's ongoing troubles with excessive wheel wear on its fleet of VLocity trains has sparked an interesting discussion in article comment and forum threads all around the Internet. For instance this piece in The Age has this standout comment: The feedback on the article continues to indicate poor decision making by Government directed appointees. It is doubtful whether lowering...

Timetables for the Regional Rail Link announced

The entire 47.5km Regional Rail Link will become fully operational on Sunday June 21 with Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan today announcing the new timetable changes necessary for services to start using the entire line. Amongst the highlights: the Geelong line will see an extra 200 services a week translating into a train near-on every 10 minutes in the morning peak departing Geelong for Southern Cross and the same in afternoon peaks...
Map of the Regional Rail Link project - image from www.regionalraillink.vic.gov.au

It begins - Regional Rail Link benefits start to flow in July

Over the July school holidays major works are to be carried out in order to finalise the Sunshine to Southern Cross section of the Regional Rail Link project. Bendigo and Ballarat train services will be replaced by coaches between Saturday 28th June and Tuesday July 15th in order to allow the Regional Rail Link authority and its contractors to complete track and signal installation. The shutdown period is also set to include testing and...

Government authority publishes Regional Rail Link project video update

The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure have published a nine minute video update on the Regional Rail Link project through their YouTube channel . For convenience, the video is embedded below. The authority also published its most recent monthly route flyover update - March 2014. Credit where credit is due, the sheer breadth of construction coverage has been outstanding and Urban Melbourne hopes this policy (and funding)...

Footscray Station update - Where's the doughnuts?

The latest incarnation of Footscray station is starting to take shape as the Regional Rail Link upgrade works steam along towards an early 2015 completion date. It looks amazing - proof that rail infrastructure can look stylish as well as be functional. Traditionally dark and dingy and a hangout for gangs and junkies, it's now a modern, stylish beacon that the residents of Footscray can be proud of. This is technically the second upgrade in the...

Half of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link is currently under construction

....in the form of the Regional Rail Link . What is the RRL and how is it relevant? The Regional Rail Link (RRL) project is a Kevin '07 stimulus project that aims to separate V/Line-regional traffic heading to Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo from metro traffic by building one new track pair all the way from Southern Cross station to Tarneit via Footscray, Sunshine and Deer Park. When built, all V/Line traffic heading to Geelong, Ballarat or...
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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.