Posts Tagged ‘transport planning’

V/Line’s 20% fare cut of 2007

In the past decade V/Line patronage has exploded, with millions more passenger journeys being made each year. What is the driver behind it – improved services, or regional sprawl? There is also another factor – the 20% fare cut of 2007.

VLocity 3VL19 on a Melbourne-bound service passes new housing developments outside Waurn Ponds station

Closing roads to remove level crossings

There are many ways to remove a level crossing – with closing the road being the easiest. An example can be found in Terang, a town of 1,800 people located on the Melbourne-Warrnambool railway line in south-west Victoria.

Former Simpson Street level crossing in Terang

When did Melbourne stop building new level crossings?

Removing level crossings is the current flavour of the month in Melbourne, as the continuation of a long and close process to separate road and rail traffic, but it raises a question – how long since the last brand new level crossing was built on a greenfields site?

Down Upfield train crosses the Gaffney Street level crossing at Batman station

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

Four week Sunbury shutdown for Furlong Main

At the moment there is a four week disruption to the Sunbury line in order to place the tracks underground at Main Road and Furlong Road, and open new railway stations at St Albans and Ginifer. I’m curious as to why such a length of time is required to complete this set of works, when other projects in Melbourne suggest it could have been achieved with less disruption.

X'Trapolis 64M passes the yet to be commissioned low level tracks at the up end of Gardiner station