Rail Futures Institute updates its InterCity proposal

Originally launched in September 2016 by Tim Fischer, the Rail Futures Institute 's InterCity proposal presents a decades-long proposal to increase connectivity to Melbourne for Victoria's regions through an investment program that would see new or altered routes as well as service improvements on the regional Victorian Rail network. Regular readers might be familiar with InterCity as we've highlighted or referred to the group's proposal on...

The Hoddle Street clearway backflip and Metro 2 - what now?

Comment In September VicRoads proposed to make Hoddle Street & Punt Road a permanent clearway from the Eastern Freeway to the Yarra River as part of a larger project to alter intersections along the route. Also during the Christmas season, Spring Street unveiled its decision on which corridor to select for the North East Link and at the same time announced that a new busway would be built down the Eastern Freeway median between Hoddle Street...

Australian slow TV is awesome, here's some more to satisfy your intrigue

It was one of SBS's most highly rated programmes. If you missed it, you missed a pretty schmick production with an Australian broadcaster's first foray into the 'slow TV' genre when SBS broadcast The Ghan: Australia's greatest train journey in primetime without ads on Sunday night. But what you might know is that there are many slow tv-like productions available on free sources like YouTube and video on demand services like Netflix. Norway is...

What interventions should Infrastructure Victoria test with its new Melbourne Activity Based Model?

Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context. The MABM fact sheet published on Infrastructure Victoria's website summarises the model as follows. The MABM was developed to provide an...

Shutdown and upgrade of Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston line to occur over January and February 2018

Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor. The Frankston line is seeing the...

Melbourne Metro Tunnel construction viewing areas open as new shortlist of bidders announced

From this week passers-by on Swanston Street will be able to get a glimpse of the progress at the newly named Town Hall station construction site. The Lord Mayor and Public Transport Minister unveiled the viewing platforms on Wednesday. To coincide with the opening of the viewing areas on the footpath of Swanston Street, it was announced that demolition of the underground car park at City Square and attached to the Westin will accelerate over...

Melbourne Metro Station names revealed as Development Plans are released

The names of the five new stations that together form the Melbourne Metro Rail Project have been revealed following an extensive public submission process that attracted over 50,000 suggestions. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan visited the CBD North work-site to announce the new station names at what will eventually be known as State Library Station. State Library Station will have an underground connection...

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...


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.