City-wide trial shows how road use charges can reduce traffic jams

Leslie A. Martin , University of Melbourne and Sam Thornton , University of Melbourne Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year . Economists have long argued the best way to improve traffic flow is to charge drivers for their contribution to road congestion. We have now analysed data collected from 1,400 drivers across Melbourne to see whether road user charging can change their behaviour in...

The spotlight briefly shines on Melbourne Airport Rail Link once again

Articles in The Age and Herald Sun this morning and later from the ABC have reported on the first signs of what Victorians might expect from the Melbourne Airport Rail Link which, thanks to a Federal government cash commitment, has seen the speeding up of a project which has broad populist appeal. The drops to The Age and Herald Sun reported that the Premier would give a speech before the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today that...

Toolern not likely the last station to be added to a future electrified Melton line

Earlier this month the State Government announced a new station between Rockbank and Melton would be built at Toolern. The announcement is one of many which are slowly creating a picture of how an electrified metro line between Sunshine and Melton will look. In the most recent budget, half a billion dollars was set aside for Ballarat line upgrades. On top of adding capacity further down line beyond Melton - new passing loops, closing the...

Victoria starts trial of an 'autonobus' at La Trobe University

The trial of an autonomous bus - or autonobus as it is being dubbed - has kicked off in Victoria on La Trobe University's main campus after other states have begun similar trials. Autonomous buses are just that: small buses with no driver, packed with sensors so the vehicle can feel its way from A to B. The vehicle in question does not have an internal combustion engine - it's electric - and manufactured by French company Navya . One of the key...

Wraps come off new linear park plans between Caulfield and Dandenong

On Monday the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan unveiled the plans for 22.5 hectares of new open space that is being created under and beside the elevated track and stations now under construction between Caulfield and Dandenong. In so doing, the public now has access to a wider range of renders which depict in far greater dealer how each precinct will appear once complete. A new 17 kilometre walking/cycling path which will connect the...

New station canopy and escalators appear at Noble Park

It's similar to when a new high-rise building progresses beyond ground levels and reaches a point where the new facade starts to appear - the 'will it look like the renders?' questions can start to be answered. At Noble Park, where the new elevated station is being constructed adjacent to the existing railway station, the first piece of the distinct canopy which is a feature of all five new stations in the Dandenong corridor has appeared on site...

Freeing up the huge areas set aside for parking can transform our cities

Dorina Pojani , The University of Queensland ; Iderlina Mateo-Babiano , University of Melbourne ; Jonathan Corcoran , The University of Queensland , and Neil Sipe , The University of Queensland Parking may seem like a “pedestrian” topic (pun intended). However, parking is of increasing importance in metropolitan areas worldwide. On average, motor vehicles are parked 95% of the time . Yet most transport analysis focuses on vehicles when they are...

RACV's biennial On Track survey opens

The RACV's On Track survey which asks respondents to detail their experience with the Melbourne train network is now open and will close on December 2nd. The 2015 survey had more than 17,800 responses with train users - whether frequent or infrequent users - quizzed on their experiences at train stations. Questions pertaining to how train users arrive at the station - by walking, by another mode of public transport, by bike or by car - are asked...

Walking, bikes and public transport the big focus in Fishermans Bend's integrated transport plan

The draft Fishermans Bend framework that was released on Saturday included an integrated transport plan that seeks to address targets such as 80% of all trips to be made by sustainable transport modes that were set out in the vision and now carried through to the draft framework. The raw numbers for the costings in the integrated transport plan are not provided however we do see a range of demand and route options analysis. The tone for the plan...

Spring Street unveils its response to Infrastructure Victoria's 30 year strategy

The state government has unveiled its Victorian Infrastructure Plan . The plan is required to be released each time Infrastructure Victoria updates its 30-year strategy which was unveiled in December 2016. On the whole, there aren't many surprises however one aspect of the recently released documents should not be ignored - we get a high-level, albeit brief, feel for what the government is currently thinking on the range of infrastructure...



Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

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.


Transport & Design

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 00:00
Leslie A. Martin , University of Melbourne and Sam Thornton , University of Melbourne Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year . Economists have long argued the best way to improve traffic flow is to charge drivers for their contribution to road congestion.

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.