Transport

Infrastructure Victoria releases new paper, initiatives to tackle congestion in the short term

Infrastructure Victoria has been busy devising a new swathe of advice for the state government, releasing its Five-year focus: immediate actions to tackle congestion paper today. Interestingly enough, the Herald Sun has chosen to portray the release of the paper as a plan, with its frontpage teaser on its website suggesting it's a plan that will get executed. Alas, as with anything Infrastructure Victoria does, it's more advice rather than...

Tram network scores a round of service frequency increases in new May timetable

Trams running down St. Kilda Road and routes to the north-west are set to be the beneficiary of service frequency increases when the new timetable comes online from Sunday 20th of May. Spring Street announced the service increases to coincide with the re-opening of the temporary Domain interchange tram stop which has just re-entered service after work to make way for the construction of the new Anzac metro station was completed. In some cases,...

More consolidation to come? Tullamarine buses acquired by CDC Victoria

Two weeks ago the Minister for Public Transport announced three companies which operate bus routes in Melbourne have signed on to new performance-based contracts. Ventura, Donric and CDC Victoria were announced as the three companies which signed on the dotted line for contracts which would "provide more flexibility to improve and expand services where they are needed most." Fast forward two weeks, CDC Victoria has announced it has acquired...

Clayton station re-opens, works continue at Rosanna

A part of the Eastern / Autumn school holiday construction blitz has come to a close with the re-opening of rail services to the newest of Melbourne's rebuilt stations in Clayton. The Minister for Public Transport has opened the new Clayton Station this morning marking the second of five new stations to re-open that are being rebuilt as part of the level crossing removal project between Caulfield and Dandenong. Clayton Road and Centre Road are...

Federal Government wants to tip $5 billion into a Melbourne Airport Rail Link

The Prime Minister this morning, at a press conference on the departures level at Melbourne Airport, announced the Federal Government will allocate $5 billion in this year's budget to kick start the construction of a Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL). In last year's budget $30 million was allocated from Federal Coffers - and matched by Spring Street to the tune of $20 million - to pay for a study which would figure out a way to accelerate the...

The new tram to the south-east - what we'd like to see

Comment The state government has signalled its $3 million 2018 budget contribution announced on Tuesday for the planning work on the new south-east tram line will lead to the project implementation. The planning work to be funded will come up with a defined route, station location, determine the benefits as well as the costs and inform a shovels-in-the-ground date. We're yet to see the strategic context of the project - we can only assume this...

Analysis: the new tram route from Caulfield to Monash University and Rowville

The Premier's media release from yesterday says $3million for the new tram line to the south-east will be used "for design and planning works to examine alignments, park and ride options, stop locations, cost and travel time benefits." On a Channel 9 news report aired on their 6pm bulletin on Tuesday night, footage showed the Premier stating emphatically this money is not a repeat of the Rowville Rail Study under the previous government, it's to...

Spring Street announces budget money for a new tram line between Caulfield, Monash University and Rowville

The State Government has announced this year's budget will include $3million to kick off the planning for a new tram / light rail line which would use the Dandenong Road and Wellington Road corridors and link Caulfield, the Monash employment cluster & university and eventually Rowville. It is anticipated the new tram line would be built in two phases between Caulfield & Monash University and then between Monash University and Rowville...

Mordialloc bypass now a freeway

The State Government has earmarked another $75million for the Mordialloc bypass this morning and announced the road, unveiled during the 2017 budget season, will now no longer have at-grade road intersections. The Mordialloc Freeway, née bypass, was unveiled in 2017 and geotechnical investigations kicked off not long after the May 2017 budget was published. The original cost of the bypass road was $300 million. What were to be intersections when...

Frankston station rebuild and Skye Road level crossing removal to be complete by mid June

In the merry-go-round of construction blitzes produced by the ongoing level crossing removal project, it's the Frankston line's turn with multiple rail line shutdowns to occur within May and June. Spring Street announced that between the 4th and 27th of May buses will replace trains between Frankston & Carrum as well as the entire Stony Point railway line. Between the 28th of May and the 17th of June, buses will replace trains between...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit.

Transport & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 00:00
A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network.