Construction kicks off on new Frankston Station

Construction is set to commence on the Genton-designed refreshed Frankston station this month which is set to include new public plazas and walkways. McGregor Coxall have worked with Genton during the design phase, accounting for the station's new landscape architecture features. Genton Architecture was announced as the winner of the design competition in March 2017 and Spring Street has announced it has awarded the build contract to an alliance...

When Metro 1 opens, will punctuality figures become redundant?

Last week Public Transport Victoria unleashed a torrent of data concerning punctuality and cancellation figures for Melbourne's train network with the Frankston line bestowed with the unfortunate title of train line with the most cancellations. I understand the public interest value of this data - it's a way of holding operators (and the government) to account - however I wonder about the efficacy of this going forward, given the stated aim of...

The new Noble Park station opens for passengers

The first of the new elevated stations on the Caulfield-Dandenong corridor has opened to passengers with the Premier, Public Transport Minister and local members on hand to officially re-open Noble Park station. A new era dawned at #NoblePark this morning! Thanks for your patience during these @levelcrossings works. There will be some access changes in and around the forecourt and station precinct at #NoblePark as works continue. Details: https...

Melbourne's development by tram redux - the 59

In October 2016 when we first kicked off the series of articles looking at the development pipeline along Melbourne's tram corridors, the 59 was first tram out of the depot . The 59 corridor, except for Elizabeth Street and Flemington Road through the CBD and North Melbourne, runs exclusively within the City of Moonee Valley through Travancore, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Niddrie and Airport West. Moonee Ponds was and still is an...

Noble Park's new station inching closer to opening

Foreshadowed in the final months of last year, the Pakenham/Cranbourne lines - also known as the Dandenong corridor - has had various shutdowns in place in order for work to progressively open new stations and sections of elevated track. The main shutdown of the line between Westall and Dandenong is underway and it will re-open with trains using the new elevated track and station on Thursday the 15th of February. During this large-scale shutdown...

Fishermans Bend framework submissions highlight angst over Yarra tram bridge

Submissions to the Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel have a strong theme of calling out the lack of commitments and funding in the transport component of the framework and likewise, the preferred tram bridge across the Yarra fro m Docklands remains a flashpoint. There are multiple submissions from landowners in Fishermans Bend as well as many other submissions focusing on the individual precinct planning controls - Goodman as the largest...

Avalon Airport says 'selamat datang' to Air Asia as new international facilities are announced

Air Asia is set to shift its double daily Kuala Lumpur flights from Tullamarine to Avalon with a new international terminal and associated border, customs and quarantine facilities set to open toward the end of 2018. At an event attended by the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, State Minister for Industry and Employment Bend Carroll and State Minister for Tourism and local member John Eren, it was also announced that the new international...

The elephant in the planning scheme: how cities still work around the dominance of parking space

Elizabeth Taylor , RMIT University Car parking is expected but often unnoticed, taking up surprisingly large proportions of city space . A parking bay occupies at least 13 square metres – some codes specify up to 30 square metres including accessways. Website What the Street maps space for different transport modes in cities such as Los Angeles, which has more than 1,000 hectares of surface car parking. Another study found 14% of LA County was...

Transport Camp: Melbourne 2017 - A Beginners Guide from the Inside

Transport Camp. Yes, you read that right, and no it’s not like Band Camp, where not much is achieved. Transport Camp Melbourne 2017 was the third iteration of the ‘unconference style’ conference, hosted in the Melbourne Town Hall in late October 2017. As someone relatively new to the city, I have recently gained an understanding of the history behind Melbourne’s transport planning and where the current economic and political climate is taking...

New metro train designs finalised

You may have seen photos from the mock-up train design back in October . It’s been part of a consultation process over about the past year, which has concluded. As the Herald Sun reported on the weekend (paywall), the finishing touches are now being put on the design. Yesterday on behalf of the PTUA, I got to see the revised version of the mock-up. Here are some pics. As you can see, it’ll be a 7-car train, providing 510 seats (about the same...


Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00
Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.