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Tullamarine's Master Plan goes for more growth

Australian Pacific Airports Corporation - owner of Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport - has released its latest Master Plan draft for public viewing. The full document suite is available here . The highlight of which, and mentioned in mainstream media toward the end of last year, is the announcement Melbourne's 3rd runway will be a shorter arrivals-focused runway to the south of the terminal precinct running parallel to the existing 9/27 (East-West...

The Access Docklands transport strategy

Forum member Fedsquared recently created a thread in the UM forum linking directly to the "'Access Docklands' - A Strategy for the Docklands Transport Network" document - it warrants much more exposure and discussion. The strategy was devised by Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne in collaboration with UrbanTrans ANZ and the original document can be viewed here . Cutting right to the chase, the strategy provides a long-term view of the...

Williams Landing station, a photographic overview

Williams Landing is the newest station to be added to the Metro network. Costing $86 million for the station itself + track, catenary and signalling rework. Lack of foresight with regards to including higher-density development around the station aside, it's quite a handsome station - and came with a feeder bus network from opening as well (however, as is mostly the case in the outer suburbs, the bus frequencies leave a lot to be desired). I...

Eagerly awaiting the business case for the East West tunnel

The Victorian Budget was released yesterday with the majority of headlines throughout the media consumed by the announcement that the proposed East-West Tunnel has been given an additional $294 million to further preliminary design and procurement works. Mainstream media outlets have also questioned why the business case for such a project has not been publically released. At this point the Victorian public are still in the dark as to why nearly...

Dig this: how to construct Melbourne’s Metro tunnel safely

According to a report in Fairfax media on the 5th of April, the Labor government is set to announce funding for Melbourne’s A$9 billion metro rail tunnel , in addition to the A$40 million it has already contributed towards getting the project “shovel-ready”. Sounds good? Well, let’s see … Before any shovels have broken earth, the rail tunnel is facing a series of engineering challenges .

Melbourne Metro: saviour of the outer 'burbs?

Ever since the 2008 Eddington Study named the Melbourne Metro (MM) rail tunnel as one of the key pieces of transport infrastructure needed to cater for population growth and address congestion, critics have pondered questions like: “Why waste money on a rail tunnel in the city when the people of Doncaster/Rowville/Woop-Woop can’t even get a train line built to their suburb?” “Why is it called a metro when it doesn’t look anything like the one in...

All roads lead to Chadstone

... and that's the problem. Melbourne was very good at locating shopping centres away from rail lines and stations when they were first proposed, and we're paying for it now. Well at least, the good 'burghers of Chadstone, who live opposite or in the immediate vicinity of the shopping centre that bears the same name, are. In our piece yesterday on the updated proposals for a Hotel and Office at Chadstone Shopping Centre, Mark posted images from...

Harnessing High-Speed Rail in regional cities

The Federal Government has made Phase 2 of its previous election commitment into the study of High-Speed Rail along Australia's East Coast public. Direct link to all the documentation here . Setting aside cost and the timeframe for implementation for the moment (as that's what the mainstream debate will focus on) - let me emphasise we must ensure the regional cities - those that have a mooted station - have proper structure plans in place to...

Thanking the gunzel Gods: PTV and High Speed Rail synergies in Melbourne

Thank the gunzel Gods for both the Victorian and Federal Governments releasing their grandiose plans within the space of two weeks. So much to analyse, so much to salivate over. On Thursday when Federal Transport Minister Albanese released the Phase 2 study into High Speed Rail , the immediate thing which drew my attention was the preferred path to be taken into Melbourne. The Federal Government's High Speed Rail (HSR) study favours the Upfield...

An early Melbourne railway story

The Melbourne & Hobson’s Bay Railway Company started Melbourne’s and Australia’s first steam railway service between Sandridge (Port Melbourne) and Flinders Street in 1854, only twenty years after Melbourne was founded. The railway was built to the Irish gauge of 5 ft 3 in (1600 mm) because the chief engineer from Sydney who set the standards was Irish, when he was replaced by a Scot, NSW switched to 4 ft 8 ½ in (1435 mm), the English and...

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Development & Planning

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 06:00
City of Monash planners have recommended that Singapore-backed Frasers Property Australia along with project partner Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP) be allowed to proceed with a multi-staged commercial development that would become one of suburban Melbourne's largest.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 00:00
Richard Tomlinson , University of Melbourne In the first article reviewing The Conversation’s many articles on housing issues, the commentary about fiscal and supply-side issues was consistent. The same is not true for affordable housing due to the diversity of affordability issues.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 07:00
35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.