Transport

Box Hill's public transport interchange upgrade a step closer

The Victorian Government has announced an independent chair has been appointed to a committee of local representatives that will deliver a plan for the redevelopment of the Box Hill interchange. The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, announced Knowles Tivendale as chair of the Box Hill Transit Interchange Steering Committee. According to a Spring Street media release, the committee will build on the work the Ministerial Advisory Group...

Heavy rail 'between Monash University's campuses'? Hold your horses

Analysis and Comment Despite both the Federal Infrastructure Minister and Premier telling The Age they were both committed to waiting for the outcome of the various studies business cases into new public transport links that were commited to as part of the budgetary process, the sniping and one-upmanship of both state and federal governments does not look like it'll end all that soon. In the Federal Budget, $475 million was allocated in the...

Brisbane City Council unveils Indooroopilly bikeway project

Brisbane City Council has unveiled plans for a new bikeway that hangs above the Brisbane River in Indooroopilly, in inner south-west Brisbane. The new bridge will provide cyclists and pedestrians with their own link between the Western Freeway bikeway, the Brisbane River Loop and the University of Queensland / St. Lucia bikeway via a bridge which will hug the western bank of the Brisbane River to the south west of the Indooropilly road, rail and...

Let's not forget Gippsland and Melbourne's South East in long term rail infrastructure plans

Comment With the dizzying array of infrastructure projects happening around central Melbourne and many new projects focused on Melbourne's West, you could be forgiven for forgetting about the South East - well, the long-term planning for transport infrastructure at least. The Regional Rail Link, Melbourne Airport Rail Link, new & faster services to Geelong, maybe Melbourne Metro 2 at some point down the track (pardon the pun) - the array of...

Number of accessible trams stops to rise across Melbourne's tram network

Spring Street has announced a new wave of tram stop upgrades which will see $19 million spent on upgrading stops in both the north and south of the city's network. 6 stops between Victoria Parade and Kerr Street along Nicholson Street in Carlton/Fitzroy will be upgraded with centre island platforms. The #96 East Brunswick - St Kilda Beach route is now 100% operated by low-floor E-class trams. Special attention will be given to the tram stop...

Rosanna station and the Hurstbridge line re-open

The re-opening of the Hurstbridge line along with the new Rosanna station marks the end of major civil works which included lifting the railway over Lower Plenty Road, lowering it under Grange Road, duplicating a tunnel between Rosanna and Heidelberg and building a new station. The Hurstbridge line only had two level crossings on Spring Street's list of 50 and the recent works has removed the second of three single-track bottlenecks on the line...

Spring Street unveils $2.2 billion suburban and growth area roads upgrade package

The pre-budget announcements of the initiatives to be contained within the budget continued over the weekend with the State Government announcing a $2.2 billion suburban & growth area arterial road upgrade package. Thankfully, at least some of the roads which were mentioned in the pre-budget announcement will include active transport infrastructure, such as shared bike & pedestrian paths, to be built alongside most of the roads which...

Final Dandenong corridor construction blitz, upgrade of service frequencies announced

The final construction blitz and shutdown of rail services on the Dandenong corridor to enable the final section of the level crossing removal projects in the area to be completed has been announced. From May 29th to June 17th buses will replace trains - the Level Crossing Removal Authority has not announced between which stations the railway line will be shut down, instead simply referring to 'sections of the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines'. At...

Spring Street allocates $50 million toward planning work for faster rail services to Geelong

The State Government has announced $50 million to be allocated in the state's budget this year will go toward detailed investigations for fast rail infrastructure between Melbourne & Geelong which will, the government claims, will compliment planning work already underway for the Melbourne Airport Rail Link. The only high-level concept/vision released with the announcement was the video, embedded in the Premier's tweet below, which points...

Melbourne Airport sees passenger boost in March, confirms 3rd runway plans will be open for comment soon

Melbourne Airport's March performance results were released earlier this week with a total of 3,161,672 passengers moving through the domestic and international terminals in March, up from 2,948,113 in March 2017. The airport authority said the earlier Eastern break boosted the March numbers compared to last year with 916,849 people flying in and out internationally compared to 786,978 in 2017. For the financial year-to-date, Tullamarine has...

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