Posts Tagged ‘Public Private Partnerships’

Poor planning replacing the City Loop lifts

All infrastructure eventually wears out, and in the case of Melbourne the thirty year old lifts in the City Loop have come up for replacement. However the planning of these works leaves a lot to be desired.

Lift linking Flagstaff station to the street closed for total replacement

CityLink’s clever tunnelling technologies

With all of the recent talk about the construction of the Melbourne Metro rail tunnels beneath Swanston Street and the Yarra River, it seems that many people have forgotten how our last major tunnel project was built – CityLink.

West Gate Freeway at CityLink

Taking the politics out of transport planning?

Back in 2010, then leader of the Liberal Party, Ted Baillieu said “Victoria badly needs a new, independent, statutory authority to plan, co-ordinate and manage our public transport system”. So how well has this commitment to taking politics out of transport planning fared?

PTV liveried Transdev bus #423 rego 7523AO at William and Flinders Street

Southern Cross Station’s new Water Tower Clock

Last week a new clock was unveiled at Southern Cross Station – not a brand new one, but a 130 year old ‘Water Tower Clock’ that was originally installed at Flinders Street Station. A nice piece of heritage restored – but unfortunately the motives behind it are less than pure.

Restored Water Tower Clock now on display on the main concourse

Dandenong line upgrade and probity concerns

Yesterday Premier Denis Napthine announced a $2–2.5 billion rail project to upgrade the Pakenham and Cranbourne railway lines, to deliver a 30 per cent capacity boost to Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs. So what concerns me is a single line in the media release from the Victorian Government: “This project is the first under the Government’s […]