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Should Melbourne Airport get special treatment in Infrastructure Victoria's 30 year strategy?

Comment In case you missed it, Melbourne's Tullamarine airport has been a story of growth, growth and even more growth for the past decade. A story of growth in passenger numbers using the terminals and a story of projected growth in employment within the entire aviation precinct. One of the FAQs on the airport's community & partners web page states "the airport's operations directly support 14,300 jobs, which is forecast to grow to 23,000...

Jeff's 'underground' and the $100 billion in bond money

Subways, metros and undergrounds, whatever you want to call them, they're all a bit glamourous when you don't have them in your city. And Jeff Kennett was quoted in the Herald Sun - not the first time - as saying the state government should borrow $100 billion and build Melbourne an underground system. “If I was premier today I would probably go out and borrow $100 billion and I’d build an underground rail system which would last for years and...

Won't someone think of the passengers?

Something's amiss. The needs of train passengers don't appear all that highly valued when it comes to the commentary and debate surrounding the level crossing removal authority's preferred elevated rail solution for the Dandenong corridor. Underground rail lines might be the best type of rail infrastructure from the perspective of not disturbing property owner views and forgetting the fact it's the most expensive way to build (or retrofit) a rail line, the passenger experience is rubbish.

After Melbourne Metro: should we rebrand the rail network?

The Melbourne Metro Rail project will be the catalyst for a big shakeup in the way our rail network operates once it's operational in 2026 and the way we refer to individual rail lines will become meaningless for half the network around the same time. It's clear that from 2026 after the construction work has been completed for the Melbourne Metro Rail project that there will be not one but two cross-town rail routes: Pakenham/Cranbourne-Sunbury...

Further Dandenong corridor design details emerge

The Level Crossing Removal Authority's website has been updated once again with a new consultation space as well as new renders of the proposed station rebuilds. Similarly a series of videos have been uploaded in a 'meet the experts' section of the website with members of the team working on different aspects of the project: acoustics, landscaping, urban design and construction. As with Sunday's article , select a title to go to the specific...

Cross-referencing heavy rail project announcements and PTV's 2013 heavy rail plan

Back in March 2013 when Denis Napthine assumed the role of Premier, under his leadership the PTV heavy rail network plan was released. Contained within it were four distinct stages of network infrastructure development and subsequent service alterations. See the PTV Network Development Plan for Metropolitan Rail forum thread where a summary of the four different stages have been posted. There's been no reference to an updated plan under the...

Federal Opposition promises to help fund Melbourne Metro project

Federal Labor announced that if elected in 2016 it will make the Melbourne Metro project the number one priority for Victorian infrastructure. The nine kilometre twin tunnels will slice through the centre of the CBD underneath Swanston Street, connecting South Yarra and Kensington via Parkville. It will take two of the busiest lines out of the city loop, ensuring increased capacity for the entire network, and create a new end-to-end rail line...

It's elevated rail for the Dandenong corridor level crossing removals

The Victorian Government has announced that it will proceed with an elevated rail solution for grade separating the nine level crossings that currently exist between Caufield and Dandenong stations. Likewise on Sunday afternoon the Level Crossings Removal Authority website has released a video and provided details on each of the sites where a level crossing will be removed. The project is set to cost $1.6 billion in total and by elevating the...

V/Line, wheel flanges and where to for the vision of the Dandenong rail corridor

Comment The finger-pointing which has surfaced in the reporting of V/Line's ongoing troubles with excessive wheel wear on its fleet of VLocity trains has sparked an interesting discussion in article comment and forum threads all around the Internet. For instance this piece in The Age has this standout comment: The feedback on the article continues to indicate poor decision making by Government directed appointees. It is doubtful whether lowering...

Growing challenges are disrupting our old ways of getting around cities

Cities are complex systems. One visible artery of the city is traffic – the cluster of moving people and flowing goods – and mobility is critical for a city’s life. We should be concerned about voices pointing to disrupting forces on mobility, such as a Global Summit on Disrupting Mobility recently hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

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, 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 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

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).