Transport

Noble Park's new station inching closer to opening

Foreshadowed in the final months of last year, the Pakenham/Cranbourne lines - also known as the Dandenong corridor - has had various shutdowns in place in order for work to progressively open new stations and sections of elevated track. The main shutdown of the line between Westall and Dandenong is underway and it will re-open with trains using the new elevated track and station on Thursday the 15th of February. During this large-scale shutdown...

Fishermans Bend framework submissions highlight angst over Yarra tram bridge

Submissions to the Fishermans Bend Planning Review Panel have a strong theme of calling out the lack of commitments and funding in the transport component of the framework and likewise, the preferred tram bridge across the Yarra fro M Docklands remains a flashpoint. There are multiple submissions from landowners in Fishermans Bend as well as many other submissions focusing on the individual precinct planning controls - Goodman as the largest...

Avalon Airport says 'selamat datang' to Air Asia as new international facilities are announced

Air Asia is set to shift its double daily Kuala Lumpur flights from Tullamarine to Avalon with a new international terminal and associated border, customs and quarantine facilities set to open toward the end of 2018. At an event attended by the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, State Minister for Industry and Employment Bend Carroll and State Minister for Tourism and local member John Eren, it was also announced that the new international...

The elephant in the planning scheme: how cities still work around the dominance of parking space

Elizabeth Taylor , RMIT University Car parking is expected but often unnoticed, taking up surprisingly large proportions of city space . A parking bay occupies at least 13 square metres – some codes specify up to 30 square metres including accessways. Website What the Street maps space for different transport modes in cities such as Los Angeles, which has more than 1,000 hectares of surface car parking. Another study found 14% of LA County was...

Transport Camp: Melbourne 2017 - A Beginners Guide from the Inside

Transport Camp. Yes, you read that right, and no it’s not like Band Camp, where not much is achieved. Transport Camp Melbourne 2017 was the third iteration of the ‘unconference style’ conference, hosted in the Melbourne Town Hall in late October 2017. As someone relatively new to the city, I have recently gained an understanding of the history behind Melbourne’s transport planning and where the current economic and political climate is taking...

New metro train designs finalised

You may have seen photos from the mock-up train design back in October . It’s been part of a consultation process over about the past year, which has concluded. As the Herald Sun reported on the weekend (paywall), the finishing touches are now being put on the design. Yesterday on behalf of the PTUA, I got to see the revised version of the mock-up. Here are some pics. As you can see, it’ll be a 7-car train, providing 510 seats (about the same...

Rail Futures Institute updates its InterCity proposal

Originally launched in September 2016 by Tim Fischer, the Rail Futures Institute 's InterCity proposal presents a decades-long proposal to increase connectivity to Melbourne for Victoria's regions through an investment program that would see new or altered routes as well as service improvements on the regional Victorian Rail network. Regular readers might be familiar with InterCity as we've highlighted or referred to the group's proposal on...

The Hoddle Street clearway backflip and Metro 2 - what now?

Comment In September VicRoads proposed to make Hoddle Street & Punt Road a permanent clearway from the Eastern Freeway to the Yarra River as part of a larger project to alter intersections along the route. Also during the Christmas season, Spring Street unveiled its decision on which corridor to select for the North East Link and at the same time announced that a new busway would be built down the Eastern Freeway median between Hoddle Street...

Australian slow TV is awesome, here's some more to satisfy your intrigue

It was one of SBS's most highly rated programmes. If you missed it, you missed a pretty schmick production with an Australian broadcaster's first foray into the 'slow TV' genre when SBS broadcast The Ghan: Australia's greatest train journey in primetime without ads on Sunday night. But what you might know is that there are many slow tv-like productions available on free sources like YouTube and video on demand services like Netflix. Norway is...

What interventions should Infrastructure Victoria test with its new Melbourne Activity Based Model?

Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context. The MABM fact sheet published on Infrastructure Victoria's website summarises the model as follows. The MABM was developed to provide an...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit.

Transport & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 00:00
A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network.