Topic archives: Infrastructure Victoria

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

Is Melbourne Airport’s SkyBus up to the job?

May 14, 2018 19

A rail line from Melbourne airport to the CBD will very likely be necessary one day, but an upgraded SkyBus can do the job in the short-to-medium term at vastly lower cost

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

March 26, 2018 25

Conflict between cyclists and walkers on shared trails is a growing problem. The default should be separation, as recommended by Infrastructure Victoria

Is this underpass promise under-developed?

Is this underpass promise under-developed?

November 21, 2017 6

The promise by the Opposition in Victoria to grade-separate 55 congested intersections is likely to be politically appealing, but the case hasn't been made it's a sensible policy

What’s the problem airport rail would solve?

What’s the problem airport rail would solve?

October 31, 2017 33

There needs to be a clear and focused justification for spending billions of dollars on building a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport

That was The week That was… w/e 22 October

That was The week That was… w/e 22 October

October 22, 2017 1

Tw3 provides a brief commentary on stories bearing on the delights and discontents of urbanism that were in the news over the week ending 22 October 2017

Suburban sprawl or regional sprawl?

Suburban sprawl or regional sprawl?

June 28, 2017 4

It's probably a political winner, but it's not obvious the Victorian Opposition's new regional sprawl policy is preferable to suburban sprawl or redevelopment of established metro suburbs

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

Is an airport train to the CBD the whole story?

May 16, 2017 17

The Victorian and Federal governments have different strategies for Melbourne Airport rail but there's a lot more to the transport task at Tullamarine than a train to the CBD

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

April 27, 2017 11

The Andrews Government's decision to build Melbourne's North East Link lacks transparency and analysis, but the idea of suburban motorways shouldn't be dismissed out of hand

What’s Turnbull’s airport rail adventure all about?

What’s Turnbull’s airport rail adventure all about?

April 10, 2017 15

The funding the Turnbull Government says it will provide to Victoria in next month’s budget for a rail line from the CBD to Melbourne Airport is about politics, not good policy

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

Does the impact on trains kill the case for this road?

December 20, 2016 6

It's estimated Melbourne's proposed North East Link motorway will reduce train boardings by 25,000 per day - sounds awful, but as usual there's more to it

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

December 14, 2016 11

The Victorian government's proposal to build a major motorway in the suburbs is premature - but it highlights the need for a more mature discussion about the role of new roads

Should Melbourne airport rail be put on the front-burner?

Should Melbourne airport rail be put on the front-burner?

December 7, 2016 6

Melbourne Airport is "begging" for a rail line to the airport asap; Infrastructure Victoria says not just yet. More effort needs to be put into being ready to go when necessary

Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

Is congestion charging just too unfair to bother with?

December 1, 2016 5

Some progressives are concerned about the equity effects of congestion charging and are reluctant to support it. It needs to be evaluated at the level of the entire tax/transfer system

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in October

Recap: all the issues discussed by The Urbanist in October

November 24, 2016

The Urbanist discusses infrastructure costs, terrace houses in the 'burbs, Corkman Pub, cyclists and pedestrians, airport rail, cycling and helmets, infrastructure planning, and more

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

October 17, 2016 10

The answer is no one really knows, but policies with huge implications for the way cities work continue to be advanced on the assumption that costs are a lot higher on the fringe

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

Should cyclists and walkers be separated?

October 12, 2016 10

Instead of cyclists and walkers sharing paths, Infrastructure Victoria reckons they should be separated. That'd be money well spent to avoid making enemies cycling doesn’t need

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

Is Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy any good?

October 11, 2016 3

The draft report published last week by Infrastructure Victoria is arguably the most important contribution to cities policy Victorians have seen for decades

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

Is Fairfax off-track (again) on Melbourne airport rail?

October 10, 2016 6

It's only been a week, but The Sunday Age was back again yesterday with another fabulously titillating invention about a rail line to Melbourne Airport

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

Can the politics be taken out of infrastructure planning?

October 5, 2016 17

Infrastructure Victoria's draft 30-year strategy was only public for a few hours before politicians started putting the presumptuous upstart back in its box

Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

February 23, 2016 5

Infrastructure Australia's new Plan contributes to the policy debate. Good. What we need now is selection of good projects and concerted action to improve the nation's infrastructure