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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...

Gazing into the Fishermans Bend transport crystal ball

Sticking with the Fishermans Bend theme, today I want to have a brief look at the Transport aspects of the area. At present, and reflected in City of Port Phillip’s structure plan for Montague, the eastern extremities bordering Southbank of the Fishermans Bend precinct is served by the very high frequency #96 tram to St. Kilda Beach while slicing right through the heart of the Montague precinct, the #109 Port Melbourne tram will be the primary...

Half of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link is currently under construction

....in 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 UrbanMelbourne.info 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...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00
Box Hill continues to rack up significant planning applications, with the eastern hub showing no sign of slowing in its skyward progression. Three significant proposals are in the works, potentially adding hundreds of new apartments to the Box Hill market, which has well and truly blossomed over recent years.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:00
It seems many of inner Melbourne's pubs are in trouble. Times have changed, but more specifically the core demographic, entertainment options and the city itself have changed. Long gone are the days where the corner pub was the staple (and in some cases the only) option of previous generations; Melbourne is now a 24 hour city with a multitude of entertainment options.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00
In a not-so-surprising move, the commencement of construction on the level crossing removals at Edithvale (Edithvale Road) and Bonbeach (Bondi Road) have been delayed by at least a year due to the Level Crossing Removal Authority determining an environmental effects statement (EES) must be conducted for the two sites.

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).