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Give the road under rail grade separation at Buckley Street a chance

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. To this day, the notion of removing the existing rail-over-road bridge at Mount...

Budget 2017: a Federal Government less hostile to cities should be leveraged

Comment Now more than ever, it is time to double down on building and maintaining a repertoire of business cases relating to transformative transport projects for Melbourne & Victoria Whether it's a new road pricing regime & the subsequent reallocation of road space or the next big-ticket rail network project, the Federal Government's new found penchant for investing in proper analysis should be leveraged. In Tim Pallas' 2017 budget, $10...

O Canada! Vancouver the latest in many new international flights announced for Melbourne-Tullamarine

Hot on the heels of the announcement that SriLankan Airlines will re-enter the Australian market with a 4x weekly flight from Colombo to Melbourne, Air Canada have overnight done the same by announcing a new seasonal 4x weekly service to fly between Vancouver and Melbourne over the Christmas/Summer (northern winter) season. According to reports on Australian Business Traveller , SriLankan Airlines - the flag-carrier airline of Sri Lanka - is...

$10M Melbourne Airport Rail link study: don't ignore lessons from other cities

On Sunday, the Minister for Public Transport and the Premier were in Warrigal to announce the Victorian Government's regional rail revival program. Soon after, the Victorian Government announced their intention to spend $10 million on figuring out how to deliver the Melbourne Airport rail link sooner than the timeframe specified in infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy. This $10 million comes with strings attached, however: it - along with...

Tick tock: let's get Melton upgraded and the Airport rail link built at the same time

Comment The clock keeps ticking. And it's not going away anytime soon. I'm of course talking about land transport to and from Melbourne Airport, or more to the point our over-reliance on the road network to transport both passengers and employees to and from the airport terminals and the many businesses located nearby. In either reporting or an op-ed form, there's a vast array of published public advocacy for a Melbourne rail link both here on...

Three consortia shortlisted for Melbourne Metro tunneling & station contract

On Sunday morning, the Minister for Public Transport announced three consortia had been shortlisted in the final round of bidding to build the 5 stations and tunnels on the Melbourne Metro project. Formal planning approval for the early works on the project has also been received with Urban Melbourne spotting piling rigs on site over the weekend. Across all three consortia global Australian, Spanish, French and Italian construction giants &...

How do we restore the public's faith in transport planning?

Crystal Legacy , RMIT University ; Carey Curtis , Curtin University , and Jan Scheurer , Curtin University Opposition to proposed road projects has become a feature of state and federal elections. In Western Australia, protests against the Roe Highway Stage 8 escalated just before Christmas 2016. On the eve of the state election, Main Roads WA contractors (acting at the behest of the then Liberal-National government) pushed forward with the...

City Square temporarily makes way for Melbourne Metro construction

City Square has now temporarily closed - for up to 5 years - to make way for construction to kick off at the southern end of the CBD on the Melbourne Metro tunnel project. Over the next few weeks fencing is going to be installed around City Square and the public monuments - such as the Burke & Wills statue - will also be moved to make way for the major construction works. The first order of business after securing the site will be to...

Geotechnical investigations complete, Metro Tunnel construction to ramp up

You've probably heard of it by now - that new rail tunnel that's set to run through the city. The State Government has today announced geotechnical investigations are complete which will lead to the acceleration of the early works that have been slowly turning over for a while now in the CBD. Things are about to become just that more real, more visible. If you frequently travel to the city, the two sites which have seen some level of preparatory...

Revisiting a Melbourne orbital rail line

On Saturday Plan Melbourne's refresh was finally unveiled to the public and contained within it is the map shown above. At first glance your eyes are drawn to the huge 'blob' of central Melbourne - issues with the resolution of the map aside, the high concentration of jobs outside of the central blob appear to correlate with other maps of job clusters right across Melbourne. Fair warning: this is a very long article and if you can't read it all...

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Development & Planning

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 09:00
A combination of mandatory and discretionary height limits, setbacks, floor area ratios, floor area uplift controls and detailed precinct plans will guide density and uses within new buildings in Fishermans Bend over the coming decades as the urban renewal area undergoes development.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.