Half of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link is currently under construction the form of the Regional Rail Link . What is the RRL and how is it relevant? The Regional Rail Link (RRL) project is a Kevin '07 stimulus project that aims to separate V/Line-regional traffic heading to Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo from metro traffic by building one new track pair all the way from Southern Cross station to Tarneit via Footscray, Sunshine and Deer Park. When built, all V/Line traffic heading to Geelong, Ballarat or...

Vancouver's Skytrain network - a model for Melbourne's future rail lines

Vancouver's SkyTrain started out as an expo line back in the 1980s and has now morphed into three major lines with a fourth on the way. If you have a spare 30 minutes, I recommended watching this suavo 1985 documentary produced by the operator of the Skytrain Network, BC Transit, titled "Going to Town" - despite the huge clunky-keyed keyboards, 1980s haircuts and retro livery schemes, it provides a brilliant insight into how automated train...

Questions still remain on the Melbourne Airport Rail Link study

The Ballieu/Napthine government's Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport Rail Link study has been released, along with the Rowville and Doncaster studies, this past week. Direct links to the Public Transport Victoria hosted documents for the MARL - Melbourne Airport Rail Link study are below: Study overview and findings Executive summary Full Technical report Key points The study team spearheaded by Parsons Brinckerhoff have assumed the rail service...

The Ballieu/Napthine government's Rowville Rail Study ignored the elephant in the room

The Ballieu government when it assumed office in 2010, came to power promising to study various metropolitan rail extensions around Melbourne: Rowville, Doncaster, Avalon airport and Tullamarine airport. In the middle of 2012 public submissions were called for by the study team comprising SKM, Hassell, Mott MacDonald and Phoenix Facilitation and just last week, the final report was released by the government. You can see all the documents...

Submission to the Rowville Rail Study

.The following is the submission I made to the Rowville Rail Study prior to creating the site and was originally posted on my personal blog - as it forms much of the basis in my belief that any new rail lines built in Melbourne should move away from the way we've built them for the past 150 years. The call for public submissions had a questionnaire - answered first - and a section for "any other comments" which I took the...


Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.


Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).