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Metro tunnel gets its tunnel & signaling contractors

Little by little we're getting closer to the money and shovels-in-the-ground end of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project with the announcement that the Cross Yarra Partnership is the successful bidder for the Tunnel & Stations availability-based private-public partnership (PPP) contract. And on Tuesday morning the Victorian Government announced that CPB Contractors and Bombadier will be awarded the Rail Systems Alliance contract to implement a...

Airport rail link can open up new possibilities for the rest of Melbourne

Ian Woodcock , RMIT University and Iain Lawrie , University of Melbourne Melburnians have been talking about a train to Tullamarine Airport since well before it opened. Now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made clear his enthusiasm for an airport rail line , with or without state government support. But these conversations need to move beyond the question of getting travellers between their plane and their city hotel. Beyond airport access,...

East Werribee, Australian Education City and what to do about public transport

100,000 jobs, 80,000 residents and 50,000 students. They're big numbers and if it goes ahead, the Australian Education City in Werribee East will revolutionise Melbourne's West. The Herald Sun has been running an interesting week-long series on what Melbourne might look like in future and in John Masanaukas' - the Herald Sun's City Editor - piece on Australian Education City we learnt that a decision on the proposal is due to be made later in...

Pondering what oBike and other dockless cycle schemes mean for Melbourne

Last week oBike - a Singaporean-based dockless bike sharing scheme - began a pilot in Melbourne. It's the first of what may be many private-sector bike sharing schemes that could start to proliferate the public realm right across the city and it's worth pondering what this means for the transport network and for local government. In a nutshell, the system works like this: you download the app on your phone, sign up (which includes a one-time...

Why touted public transport savings from competitive tendering are too high

John Stanley , University of Sydney and David Hensher , University of Sydney A new report from Infrastructure Australia, Improving Public Transport: Customer Focused Franchising , and its associated technical report from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), will have state and federal treasurers salivating. The accompanying press release is clearly intended to set their fiscal juices flowing. It suggests that: … subjecting the operation of Australia’s...

Transdev's Doncaster & Donvale BRT proposal: a welcome addition to the public transport debate

The Age's transport reporter Adam Carey broke the news that Transdev - the operator of one-third of Melbourne's bus network - has initiated a market-lead proposal to bring a modern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to Melbourne's East. The proposal would see road and freeway medians taken over by dedicated bus lanes - including using the wide median in the Eastern Freeway - as well as raised platform stops scattered along the line, The Age reports...

Setting the scope for the upcoming $30 million Melbourne Airport Rail Link study

Comment At first, there was $10 million on the table in the Victorian Budget. And when it was time for Canberra to hand down its budget, that figure swelled to $30 million. In short, whatever the final figure will be, a sizeable chunk of dough is to be spent executing a proper feasibility study on a Melbourne Airport Rail Link. The study will look a number of aspects, most notably what form a high-capacity rail link would take (its corridor, its...

Event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet?

On Wednesday next week, RMIT's Centre for Urban Research is holding its third monthly Talking Transport event: The Melbourne Airport Rail Link, are we there yet? It is a free, ticketed event , to be held at RMIT's Building 80 - located at 445 Swanston Street - level 11, room 10 from 6:00 pm. Description Recently, the Australian Government pledged $30 million in addition to the Victorian Government's $10 million for the development of a business...

Give the road under rail grade separation at Buckley Street a chance

Comment Sub-optimal outcomes, perceived or otherwise, were always going to be included in the wider level crossing removal project, and Buckley Street in Essendon just so happens to be one of them. In 2015, Urban Melbourne took a look at the Moonee Valley-led council proposal to remove the level crossing at Buckley Street and apply a new structure plan to Essendon. To this day, the notion of removing the existing rail-over-road bridge at Mount...

Budget 2017: a Federal Government less hostile to cities should be leveraged

Comment Now more than ever, it is time to double down on building and maintaining a repertoire of business cases relating to transformative transport projects for Melbourne & Victoria Whether it's a new road pricing regime & the subsequent reallocation of road space or the next big-ticket rail network project, the Federal Government's new found penchant for investing in proper analysis should be leveraged. In Tim Pallas' 2017 budget, $10...

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Development & Planning

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 00:00
Giancorp Property Group is looking to rework their Moonee Ponds mixed-use development, refining the previously approved scheme with the help of Buchan Group as project architect. Located in a burgeoning development precinct immediately south of Puckle Street, 17-23 Puckle Street and 6-14 Young Street will see two separate buildings developed, with the taller spanning 16 levels.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 12:00
Kate Shaw , University of Melbourne A recent suggestion that new housing on inner-city public land should start from a presumption of 100% social housing prompted indignation in government circles. “We can’t condemn another generation of Victorians to live in housing poverty,” huffed the housing minister, Martin Foley.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 13:00
Little by little we're getting closer to the money and shovels-in-the-ground end of the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project with the announcement that the Cross Yarra Partnership is the successful bidder for the Tunnel & Stations availability-based private-public partnership (PPP) contract.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.