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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, June 28, 2017 - 06:15
A litmus test beckons for Reservoir as the suburb's largest apartment release becomes reality. The Plenty Residences at 830 Plenty Road has progressed to marketing, with the release of the first stage of the project's 347 dwellings across the site which sits atop the Summerhill Village Precinct.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00
South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.