Category Archives: Transport

EastLink

Following our recent post providing a link to the 2010 Victorian Architecture Award winners, we decided to include these photos of EastLink. Designed by Wood Marsh, the project won the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design. All images are courtesy of ConnectEast & Heaven Pictures.

Eastlink runs for 39 kilometres between Donvale in Melbourne’s north east, through Dandenong, to Frankston in the south-east of Melbourne. A series of artworks have been installed along the motorway including works by James Angus, Emily Floyd, Callum Morton and Simeon Nelson.

 

Eastlink

 

Eastlink

 

Eastlink

 

Eastlink

 

Eastlink

 

Eastlink

 

Eastlink

 

Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture, James Angus

Ellipsoidal Freeway Sculpture, James Angus

Public Art Strategy, Emily Floyd

Public Art Strategy, Emily Floyd

Hotel, Callum Morton

Hotel, Callum Morton

Desiring Machine, Simeon Nelson

Desiring Machine, Simeon Nelson

The Eastlink website provides information about the artworks and a map showing their location.

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Victorian Transport Plan

Victorian Transport Plan - Inner West animation still

Inner West projects, animation still [Source: Department of Transport]

The State Government has released the inner city route of the Regional Rail Link and plans for five stations in the Melbourne Metro project. Forming part of the Victorian Transport Plan, the two projects total almost $9 billion and are expected to provide capacity for an extra 20,000 passengers every hour. The plan also includes the Westlink tunnel, which will provide an alternative to the West Gate Bridge and the Truck Action Plan, which aims to reduce the number of trucks using residential streets in Melbourne’s west.

Melbourne Airport turns 40

Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine

Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine [Source: The Collector’s Marvellous Melbourne]

Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, turns 40 next Thursday. Rather than celebrating the occasion, two recent news items have focused on the continuing lack of a direct rail link to the airport.

Train derailed by buck-passing and vested interests details the history of decision making associated with accessing the airport. This has resulted in the continual widening of the Tullamarine Freeway which services airport buses, taxis and private cars, and a long-term surface car park stretching over two kilometres.

Doyle plea for rail link to airport focuses on an interview with lord mayor Robert Doyle in which he argues for a ‘duplicate grid’ within Melbourne’s infrastructure. The Tullamarine Freeway is given as an example in which large volumes of traffic are reliant on a single infrastructure connection. The obvious problem highlighted by Mr Doyle is the massive impact on traffic flows when an accident occurs. Building a ‘duplicate grid’, in this case a rail link, would provide an alternative means of travel between the airport and city centre.

Melbourne Bike Share

Melbourne Bike Share facilities

The new blue bikes and locking facility [Source: Melbourne Bike Share]

Roads Minister Tim Pallas has launched the Melbourne Bike Share program. 100 bicycles are available from ten stations located along the Swanston Street/St. Kilda Road corridor. Daily ($2.50), weekly ($8) or yearly ($50) subscriptions allow journeys of up to 30 minutes, with additional charges for longer trips.

Melbourne Bike Share stations

Location of the first 10 stations [Source: Melbourne Bike Share]

Over the coming weeks an additional 40 stations will be installed providing access to a total of 600 bicycles by the middle of this year. Further information is available at the Melbourne Bike Share website.

Melbourne-Sydney High Speed Rail Link

Greens Leader Bob Brown has launched a campaign at Southern Cross Station calling on the federal government to fund a major concept study into a High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Melbourne and Sydney. With the equivalent flight route the fourth busiest in the world […]

Bike Parking

Two end-of-trip facilities for bicycle commuters recently opened in Melbourne’s city centre. Bike pod is a joint initiative between […]

Metro to double rail passengers

The Age reports Melbourne train operator Metro have committed to doubling rail patronage by 2017 […]

Car ownership and public transport

Bus Association Victoria (BusVic) has released a study of car ownership throughout Melbourne using 2006 census data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics […]