Transport

Victorian Government commits to Sunshine-Albion corridor for Melbourne Airport Rail Link

A rail service to Melbourne's Tullamarine airport is a step closer with the State Government announcing it will join the Commonwealth in proceeding with a rail link that will run via the National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC) in Sunshine . Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced a route options assessment undertaken by Transport for Victoria has resulted in the Sunshine route - also known as...

Sydney Metro Northwest train testing expands to Kellyville

Testing on the Sydney Metro Northwest has begun expanding across sections of the new line beyond the Tullawong terminus, storage, maintenance and operations depot area where testing has been limited to thus far. Trains have begun rolling over the new Windsor Road bridge and onto the new Kellyville Station this week with the ultimate aim to move into the new 15km long tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping soon. The NSW Government says so far...

Melbourne Airport releases its 2018 draft master plan

Melbourne Airport's owner and operator, Australian Pacific Airports Corporation, has released a preliminary draft for its 2018 Airport master plan that once approved is set to guide the ongoing development of the airfield, terminals, ground transportation and other precincts it controls over the next 20 years. Every 5 years the current master plan needs to be updated and in the 2018 preliminary draft - which will now enter a public exhibition...

$1 billion contract to construct tunnel portals on the Melbourne Metro project signed

Victorian Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, has marked the start of construction at the Parkville station site while also announcing Spring Street has signed the final contract to deliver the Metro Tunnel project. The Rail Infrastructure Alliance contract has a value of $1 billion that covers the construction of the eastern and western portals that connect the tunnel and surface tracks. A consortium of John Holland, CPB Contractors...

Airline revenue data on Melbourne-Sydney air route is food for thought

Air travel data company OAG recently published data that assessed the world's top ten city pairs by revenue - which airline makes the most money on an individual route - and Qantas and its Melbourne-Sydney route was given second place. Between April 2017 and March 2018, OAG reports Qantas earned $854,692,402 USD ($1.051 billion AUD using March 2018 exchange rates) by flying between Melbourne & Sydney. The highest earning route was British...

Two tiers of service on the Frankston is a nice to have, not a necessity

Comment Elections are fun, the posturing in the lead up to them is not, especially when another level of government gets involved. For those from outside Victoria, the Frankston railway line on Melbourne's metropolitan rail network runs through a series of marginal seats in the Victorian Parliament and at the end of the line, the Federal seat of Dunkley is one of the Commonwealth Government's most marginal seats. In an era when federal...

WA cabinet pushes Yanchep extension and Thornlie-Cockburn link closer to start of construction

The Western Australian cabinet has endorsed two Metronet project definition plans which the WA government says construction in both cases is on track to start next year. The Yanchep rail extension project will see the Joondalup Line extend northwards from Butler to Yanchep over 14.5km of new track. The Thornlie-Cockburn Link will provide Perth's first east-west rail link outside the centre of the city, linking the Armadale and Mandurah rail...

NSW Government appoints contractor for enabling works on Parramatta Light Rail

Enabling works for the Parramatta Light Rail Project in Australia's second oldest city are set to commence toward the end of the year after the NSW Government announced the Diona Ward joint venture had won the contract. The enabling works will encompass relocation of underground utilities, intersection upgrades, new traffic lights, landscaping, and changes to street lanes and parking. The joint venture comprises Diona and Ward Civil &...

Test trains start rolling on the new rails to Mernda

Test trains have begun running on the new rail infrastructure that has been built as part of the Mernda extension of the South Morang line in Melbourne's outer north east. Trains used to run as far as Whittlesea 60 years ago before the line was truncated. Metro services were extended from Epping to South Morang in 2012, the latest extension project to Mernda brings trains back to within 7-8km of Whittlesea. The impetus for rebuilding the railway...

Extending RFI's Airtrain concept to the south-east

It was a case of hold your horses earlier today . A state election is around the corner and Melbourne's favourite infrastructure story honeypot is producing the goods but before the media frightens the locals, a much bigger issue needs to be sorted before anyone commits to property acquisitions in the level crossing removal zones. The Rail Futures Institute's (RFI) 'Airtrain' concept has been profiled on Urban.com.au and elsewhere and if you're...

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