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Old May 5th, 2012, 03:32 AM   #261
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April 22 2012 - Cardinia Road station opened in Pakenham (southeast suburbs of Melbourne)


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Old May 5th, 2012, 03:39 AM   #262
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April 22 2012 - Lynbrook station opens in southeast suburbs of Melbourne


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Old June 30th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #263
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Station redesign to get recipe right
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June 29, 2012

George Calombaris. Photo: Simon Schluter

THE Baillieu government will spend $1.6 million on the redesign competition for Flinders Street Station - but will not commit any funding to upgrade the historic site.

The government will today announce prominent Melbourne restaurant owner and MasterChef host George Calombaris will be on the judging panel for the redesign.

A spokesman for Major Projects Minister Denis Napthine said Calombaris had been included in the panel to bring a business perspective to the redesign. He said no decision had been made on funding the station redevelopment.
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''Potential government funding and/or any mix of government and private funding would be dependent on what the winning applications are. All of these matters will be given consideration at the completion of the design competition,'' he said.

Opposition major projects spokesman Tim Pallas criticised the competition as an expensive ''stunt''.

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I've been waiting for this for a L-O-N-G time.
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 02:14 PM   #265
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The shortlisted architects for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition represent a fantastic mix of local and international talent, the Minister for Major Projects Dr Denis Napthine announced today.

“This competition has always been about finding the best local and international talent to re-invigorate Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station precinct and looking at this shortlist I think we’ve managed to do that,” Dr Napthine said.

The shortlisted designers are: (listed in order of registration)

Ashton Raggatt McDougall (Melbourne)
John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw (Australia and UK)
HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron (Melbourne and Switzerland)
NH Architecture (Melbourne)
Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina (Columbia via University of Melbourne)
Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne)


“The short list covers some of the world’s best architects such as Hassell + Herzog & De Meuron and Zaha Hadid, renowned local firms Ashton Raggatt McDougall and NH Archtiecture and emerging talents Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina from Columbia.

“Between them, this group is responsible for some of Melbourne and the world’s most renowned buildings including Hamer Hall, Beijing’s National Stadium used in the 2008 Olympics and Rome’s Museum of XXI Century Arts.

“Judging from their previous work this is a very exciting group of architects and I am looking forward to finding out more about their visions for the Flinders Street Station precinct.

“The shortlisted entrants now have six months to develop their ideas and attend various technical briefings and workshops before Stage 2 of the competition closes on 4 July 2013.

“Following this, final designs will be put on public display for the people’s choice voting while the competition jury meets again to select a winner,” Dr Napthine said.

Competition jury chair and Victorian State Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London said the jury was impressed by the immense amount of work undertaken by the 117 submitting teams.

“Given the complexity and scale of the design challenge, the high overall quality of submissions made the jury’s task of short-listing a difficult one,” Professor London said.

“However after carefully applying the competition evaluation criteria, the jury is confident that the six short-listed teams represent the strongest propositions for the redevelopment of this precinct, much-loved Melbourne icon and intensely used transport hub.

“The jury looks forward, with great anticipation, to see how each of the six Stage 1 design concepts evolves over the months ahead,” Professor London said.

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Old January 13th, 2013, 09:57 PM   #266
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In November 2012, Melbourne added 15 more km of route to its Metro network: at least 30 km of track. It also added two more stations- five for the year, characteristically, without much note.

The two stations were Sunbury & Digger's Rest: on the original line to the Goldfields. There were already regional trains at Sunbury:



But now there were Metro trains as well.



At Sunbury, where originally the Governor of the day and the general aristocracy celebrated the opening of the first 40 km of public railway in Australia- on the broad gauge- a great celebration was held. Now, it is a train stabling yard: with lines leading on to the hinterlands.

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Old January 20th, 2013, 11:05 PM   #267
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Williams Landing will be coming on-line soon.
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Do we know when? Drove past today & still much to do!
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Old January 27th, 2013, 03:11 AM   #269
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Do we know when? Drove past today & still much to do!
I don't: but it's much further advanced than the new West Footscray. As with Laverton, they're building these things to survive an atom-bomb: or at least another Granville.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 07:38 PM   #270
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William's Landing

Photo from William's Landing, courtesy of redbaron: this project spans both the main highway from Melbourne to Geelong, the metropolitan & regional lines in the same direction, the ARTC ( National Freight Network Lines) and probably a few other pathways as well. This necessitated the installation of footbridge in the photo below: the grafitti will go along with the temporary fence.


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Old March 27th, 2013, 10:51 AM   #271
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Recently released Network Development Plan for Melbourne's rail network by Public Transport Victoria



All pending government commitment and funding of course
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Old March 27th, 2013, 06:43 PM   #272
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Williams Landing station open on April 28
By DAN MOSS, State Parliament Editor March 25, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

WILLIAMS Landing train station will open on April 28 with trains every 11 minutes on average during peak times.

Bus services will expand to Point Cook South and Saltwater Close with five new routes replacing the 413 and 416, and all bus routes will run until at least 9pm every night.

Two of the new routes, the 494 and 495, from the new station through Point Cook, will run until midnight on Friday and Saturday night.

The number of bus services in the area will more than triple from 697 to 2120.

The 413 and 416 which both go from Hoppers Crossing to Laverton have been axed.

Williams Landing is the newest station in Melbourne and has bus bays, two lifts, a ramp and is accessed from both sides of the Princes Freeway via a pedestrian bridge.

It will be a premium station and will be staffed while train services are running.

Transport Minister Terry Mulder said Protective Services Officers would also patrol the station.

“It’s a pretty good era for public transport,” he said.

PTV Chief Executive Ian Dobbs said there was room to increase frequency of train services on the Werribee line after the Regional Rail Link was completed, but at the moment there were bottlenecks between the city and Newport.

“Really, running V/Line trains through the middle of the metro service makes it very, very difficult,” he said.

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Sounds like everythings on schedule, according to the CEO on radio today. Re. the video just above ... well that's my station ...

already well under way.

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on 28 April 2013, Williams Landing Station opened on the Melbourne Metro Werribee Line between Hoppers Crossing and Aircraft train stations. Travel time to Southern Cross station on the express trains is 28 minutes.


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Melbourne suburban investment
07 Mar 2014

AUSTRALIA: Victoria Premier Denis Napthine announced an investment package of A$2bn to A$2·5bn for the Pakenham and Cranbourne suburban lines in Melbourne on March 6.

The package includes 25 new EMUs, resignalling, a new depot at Pakenham East, rebuilding three stations and the removal of four level crossings as well as studies for the removal of five more. The programme is expected to increase capacity on these routes by 30%.

According to Napthine, the improvements will allow 18 trains/h to be operated at peak times instead of the current 16, increasing the number of passengers carried to 4 500/h. Annual capacity will increase by 2 million passengers.

‘The Pakenham and Cranbourne rail corridor serves one in 10 Melburnians and by delivering this project we will provide a more frequent and reliable journey for passengers on both the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. V/Line Gippsland commuters will also benefit from a more reliable journey with new signalling providing a smoother journey through the metropolitan area.’

Construction is due to begin in 2015 and is expected to take five years to complete. The Metro Trains consortium of MTR, John Holland Construction and UGL Rail Services has been appointed as contractor.
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Are you sure the capacity is only 4500 passengers on the line? That makes each of the 18 trains per hour carry only 250 people?
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Melbourne Airport link endorsed
14 Apr 2014

AUSTRALIA: A programme for construction of the long-planned rail link to Melbourne Airport will be included in Victoria’s state budget to be published on May 6, the state Premier Denis Napthine announced on April 13.

Identified as one of several major expansion projects in Public Transport Victoria’s Metropolitan Rail Network Development Plan published in December 2012, the airport line was not initially seen as a high priority, in terms of cost-benefit analysis. However, patronage at the airport is expected to double in future as the city’s population is growing rapidly.

The airport service would harness spare capacity between North Melbourne, Footscray and Sunshine being created as part of the Regional Rail Link project. The trains would diverge from the Melbourne – Sunbury suburban line via a grade-separated junction at Albion, to join the existing broad-gauge Jacana freight line which parallels the interstate standard-gauge route towards Albury. This would be upgraded and electrified, so that the trains could reach a new branch serving an elevated terminus at Melbourne Airport.

According to Napthine, the airport service would initially run into Southern Cross station, offering a 25 min journey time with trains running every 10 min in the peaks. PTV’s long-term strategy envisages that the airport trains should operate through the planned cross-city metro tunnel to join the Dandenong lines in the southeast. This would provide access to the airport from all of Melbourne’s suburban routes with only one change.

‘This project has been on the books for over 40 years’, said Napthine, adding that the government ‘will outline our plans to build this rail link in the upcoming state budget’. A final decision on the timescale and funding for the project is expected to follow the state government elections on November 29
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Melbourne Rail Link in A$14·5bn rail funding announcement
07 May 2014

AUSTRALIA: 'The largest investment in transport infrastructure in Victoria's history' was announced by the state's coalition government in its 2014-15 budget on May 6. The A$24bn of planned road and rail infrastructure spending includes A$14·5bn for rail, with the biggest rail projects being the Melbourne Rail Link and the Cranbourne - Pakenham Rail Corridor.

The budget commits A$830m over four years to start construction of the Melbourne Rail Link, which is expected to cost A$8·5bn to $11bn. As well as the proposed link to Melbourne airport, the project comprises twin 7·5 km tunnels from Southern Cross to South Yarra with underground stations at Fishermans Bend (Montague) and Domain, new underground platforms at Southern Cross and South Yarra, where it would join the existing Cranbourne - Pakenham line. Rail/tram interchanges would provided at Southern Cross, Montague, Domain and South Yarra.

Elements of the project are to be undertaken through a public-private partnership with private-sector financing. The government envisages that preliminary works could commence in mid-2016 ahead of major construction from mid-2017.

'The Melbourne Rail Link will support the growing office and residential precinct in the west of the CBD and will further develop Southern Cross as a transport hub,' said Premier Denis Napthine. 'It will also allow for a future passenger rail extension to Rowville and lay the foundation for improved rail freight links between Dandenong and the Port of Melbourne.'

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the project would boost capacity by up to 30%. 'It will create dedicated, separated lines to reduce congestion and delays on the network, allowing us to run more trains and carry thousands more people, more often', he said.

The A$2·0bn to A$2·25bn Cranbourne - Pakenham Rail Corridor project aims to increase services on the busiest suburban route by 30%, with the provision of 25 high-capacity trains, resignalling, station rebuilding, a new depot and the removal of level crossings.

Other funding announced in the budget includes:
  • A$685·3m to remove four level crossings;
  • A$390·4m for free tram travel in the CBD and Docklands and travel in zones 1 and 2 for the price of a zone 1 fare;
  • A$209·5m to operate and maintain the new Regional Rail Link including bus routes;
  • A$58m for the freight Port Rail Shuttle;
  • A$43·8m for fire and emergency equipment upgrades on the City Loop
Regional investments include:
  • A$180m to A$220m over four years for the Murray Basin Rail Project to upgrade the connection between a major food production area and Victoria's ports. This will include finalising plans to convert the Mildura - Geelong line to standard gauge;
  • A$14·3m for a crossing loop at Rowsley on the Ballarat line;
  • A$5·4m for improved accessibility at Geelong station;
  • A$1·3m to protect the corridor for a future rail link to Avalon Airport;
  • A$56·2m for the Transport Solutions initiative to reduce bottlenecks on key freight routes
The budget was welcomed by Australasian Railway Association CEO Bryan Nye, who said it 'reflects a forward-thinking government that is determined to see its capital city thrive into the 21st century, by providing a strong, sensible and effective transport network for all.'
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