Transport

City of Melbourne's transport strategy refresh - should it not apply to other municipalities?

Comment “Every hour during the morning peak, 15,000 pedestrians cross the Spencer and Collins Street intersection outside Southern Cross Station which is five times the number of people in cars, yet cars are given twice the amount of time as pedestrians to pass through.” That's Cr Nicolas Frances Gilley from the City of Melbourne. It goes right to the heart of an issue that, for the moment, is a focus for the City of Melbourne but should be a...

Mernda rail extension to open six months ahead of schedule, station names updated

The day after Urban Melbourne took a look at the swathe of construction images for the South Morang to Mernda railway line extension project, Spring Street has announced the project is running 6 months ahead of schedule and that test trains will be running on the extension by September said the Mernda rail extension project will be operating by September. At the same time, local MLAs Danielle Green and Lily D'ambrosio who also holds the suburban...

Melbourne's new bus operator contracts announced

Foreshadowed in February 2017, Melbourne's bus operating contracts were flagged for review and the government has begun to announce which operators have re-signed on the dotted line. The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, announced on Easter Monday that Ventura, CDC Victoria and Donric have all signed new operating contracts with the government. The original Spring Street media release made mention of 'the new contracts provide more...

South Morang extension starting to look like a railway line

In a pre-Easter update, the Level Crossing Removal Authority has posted a swathe of new construction images on its Facebook page which, at last, depict a rail line under construction rather than just a whole lot of earthworks underway. The rails are now physically connected from the end of South Morang station under McDonalds Road and installation of signalling equipment has occurred. Track laying has been occurring around the new Marymede...

Light Rail might already be popular but some cities are taking it to the next level

News from abroad this week surfaced that the Irish capital had elected to use light rail vehicles to operate its new Metrolink project that would run north-south via Dublin's airport and city centre. The international rail journal reports the Dublin project will be 26km in length, have 25 stations (of which 15 are brand new) and include two underground sections. A consultation round is now underway and the reported price tag - presumably only...

Pondering where underground light rail might suit Melbourne

Other cities around the world are looking to building more advanced light rail systems as I discussed in this article . In the absence, still, of any transport plan for people who don't need to travel to the CBD for work and in the context of the inevitable growth of Melbourne's already decentralised employment centres which at present have minimal non-road public transport access, I'm going to highlight some areas of the city where where...

Now would be a good time to release Melbourne's long-term transport plan

Comment In all the kerfuffle that's been caused by the release of Infrastructure Australia's national priority list yesterday, the citation of the ongoing 'need' to sort out the Eastern Freeway to City link gap is perhaps the most predictable. It's the cheapest of cheap shots for some segments of the media to try and wedge the state government giving breathing room for the opposition to valiantly wave a few more wet lettuce leaves which in turn...

Planning Scheme changes for Pakenham/Cranbourne & Sunbury upgrades online

Now that one of the biggest milestones in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel project has been and gone - placing the order for the tunneling machines - the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has published information pertaining to other works that will be carried out to transport the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Sunbury lines into one largely operationally independent railway. It's not quite what Sydney has in store - an entirely separate railway, orphaned from...

Metro Tunnel changes spark new planning amendment while level crossing removals power on

An amendment to the design and development overlay governing the Melbourne Metro project has been triggered and is now being advertised after the contractor for the tunnel and station build has refined the route the tunnels will take. During the Environmental Effects Statement process, a DDO was applied to all land that could be directly impacted by the boring of tunnels and construction of stations as part of the rail project. The Cross Yarra...

The Monash Freeway widening juggernaut rolls on, has anyone in government thought of alternatives?

Comment The Premier has announced stage 2 of the latest round of Monash Freeway widening will include thickening the road in the midsection of the road as well as widening the road as far as Cardinia Road. Curiously, widening works will mean outbound lanes from Warrigal Road to Eastlink will go from 4 to 5 lanes but the inbound widening from 4 to 5 lanes will only occur from Eastlink to Springvale Road. The second half of the old Berwick bypass...

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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.