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Melbourne, a city of two tales - Skybus vs The Airport Train

Growing up, I couldn't believe we had no train to the airport. I could catch a train to such distant wonderlands as Hurstbridge, Tecoma and Tyabb (albeit on a 'Red Rattler'!); towns so small and far away that to most people they sound mythical. Yet if I wanted to catch a train to the airport, located in Tullamarine, a suburb just 17km from the CBD, I was left scratching my head whilst dad inserted half his weekly wage into the parking machine in...

Bus routes which need improvement: the #417

In a previous job, I used to work for a mail house in Laverton North. For those who don't know where that is, it's an industrial area in the west, wedged between Laverton, Derrimut and Altona North. Traditionally a heavy industrial area for the petrochemical industry, in recent years it has grown in size significantly to include not only factories but light industrial/warehouses/showrooms as well. Linked to this growth has been the somewhat...

The West Gate has a few more years in it yet

This report in today's Age makes no mention that come late 2015 / early 2016 at the completion of the Regional Rail Link project the Werribee line, servicing the growing Wyndham growth area, will be freed from the current metropolitan and regional service mixing constraints. The aim of the Regional Rail Link is to separate regional and metropolitan services inside Melbourne thus providing a capacity increase to both tiers of rail service. It's...

Bus routes which need improvement: the #506

Melbourne has many bus routes that resemble, putting it politely, interesting, logic in the path they take from point A to point B. A route I'm intimately familiar with is the #506, it runs from Moonee Ponds Bus station in the middle of the Moonee Ponds Junction to High St Westgarth generally along the Dean St / Dawson Street / Glenlyon road corridor forming a cross-town route through Brunswick and Fitzroy North. It connects with or runs very...

Editor's picks for good transport reads on the web 29/05/13

The Sustainable Urbanist: Are helmets the only woe to Melbourne bikeshare, Matt O'Leary in RMIT Catalyst. http://www.rmitcatalyst.com/the-sustainable-urbanist-are-helmets-the-only-woe-to-melbourne-bike-share/ Bike black spot plan cut back, Adam Carey in The Age. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/bike-blackspot-plan-cut-back-20130529-2nam8.html Infrastructure tended to in surprise-less budget, Nathan Stanogias in RMIT Catalyst. http://www...

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 .

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Development & Planning

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:00
Another week and another student accommodation tower enters the Urban Melbourne Project Database. Following on from a string of fresh projects seeking their place in the expanding sector, GSA Australia's intentions for a Queensberry Street plot are the latest to be unveiled.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 00:00
Rachel Ong , Curtin University ; Christopher Phelps , Curtin University ; Gavin Wood , RMIT University , and Steven Rowley , Curtin University Australia’s capital cities are getting more and more units, that are largely concentrated and come with a hefty price tag, a new report shows .

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:00
Comment Sub-optimal outcomes, perceived or otherwise, were always going to be included in the wider level crossing removal project, and Buckley Street in Essendon just so happens to be one of them. In 2015, Urban Melbourne took a look at the Moonee Valley-led council proposal to remove the level crossing at Buckley Street and apply a new structure plan to Essendon.

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.