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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.

What is Melbourne's metro? What could it be?

What is a metro? It's a good question and it has many answers. Not least because Australian rail systems don't neatly fit into categories like how people readily and easily classify rail networks in Asia, Europe and North America. Using terms like heavy rail, metro (or subway), light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), tram (or streetcar) or bus network will generally be understood with little to no explanation and these generalist...

Melbourne Metro Authority seeks industry registrations of interest

The Melbourne Metro authority has announced it is seeking to assess the private sector's interest in participating on the Melbourne Metro project. According to the Registration of Interest form found on the authority's website , an early works packages will be delivered under a Managing Contractor model with expressions of interest closing in late December 2015. The Registration of Interest form points to five proposed work packages with an...

Comment: Melbourne should heed the lesson of Sydney Metro

On Monday the New South Wales Government kicked off the formal planning process for the second stage of the Sydney Metro project. It comes as the heavy work for the first phase - rebranded as Sydney Metro Northwest a few months ago - is nearing completion with the TBM tracker map for the project showing two of the four TBMs in use on the project only having approximately 1-1.5km until they complete their run. What started as a project to bring...

Bayswater next in line to see level crossing removals

It was announced this morning that the level crossings either side of Bayswater station at Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway are next in line to go. In a noticeable shift from previously unveiled grade separation and station designs, the method chosen to grade separate will involve partially lowering the rail line and partially raising Mountain Highway. A full rail under road grade removal will occur at Scoresby Road. Kevin Devlin, the CEO of...

Melbourne Metro Rail stations: more detail released & comment

The drip feed of information on the Melbourne Metro Rail project website continues, with a recent update featuring an interactive map to be used for consultation purposes, along with brochures providing increasing detail about each station and portal precinct. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the placement of a station on a rail line is how and where users will access the underground structures. The brochures now display proposed...

Greg Hunt's 2200 vision: why rebuild rail underground when we can expand? (Parts 2 & 3)

Following on from yesterday - Greg Hunt's Melbourne 2200 Vision is an expensive flop, but... - here is a summary and links to the subsequent episodes on Adam Ford's blog. Part two centres around looking at the blackspots in the current network and walks through projects which could extend the reach of the network into these areas. Upfield, Alamein, Glen Waverley line extensions and new lines through Fishermans Bend, Doncaster to Ringwood and...

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Development & Planning

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 12:00
Buyers unsurprisingly are still showing a keen interest in Collingwood's apartment market, as demonstrated by Pace of Collingwood's strong sales. Pace Development Group's latest project notched the enviable figure of accounting for 50% of the building's apartments during its first week at sales.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00
As part of the enabling stage of the Queen Victoria Market Renewal Project, the City of Melbourne has finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart designed-tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM's behalf.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00
The large-scale redevelopment of Richmond's former Jaques engineering complex has been marked by an number of onsite dedications. Dating back to 1885 and with frontages to Palmer, Coppin, Dyer and Griffiths Streets, the 9,945sqm site's engineering heritage has been permanently embossed across the site.

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.