Transport experts from across the world will meet at the 2018 Australian Transport Summit in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday 9 August, to discuss on the theme: 'Where to next: Shaping our transport future'.
Organised by the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) in association with UITP Australia / New Zealand (UITPANZ), the event will cover topics such as Australia’s long-term mobility future, delivering city-changing transport infrastructure projects and making better use of existing infrastructure.
To highlight this important regional event, the PTI Magazine’s team met local actors to get a glimpse of what could be the 10 facets of… Melbourne, which they have kindly accepted to share in two articles.
Enjoy the read and we look forward to meeting in this beautiful city in 2021, as the local public transport operator, Public Transport Victoria (PTV) will be hosting our Global Public Transport Summit!
10 facets of public transport in Melbourne continued...
Metro Tunnel(ling) under the city
Metro Tunnel is the first step towards a 'metro style' rail network for Melbourne with the 'turn up and go' train services that are the hallmark of major cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
Due to open in 2025, the Metro Tunnel under Melbourne will enable more trains to run more often to and from the city suburbs. The AUS$11 billion (€7bn) project involves boring two x 9km twin rail tunnels and building five new underground stations to create a new end-to-end rail line, reaching from the west to the south-east of the city.
Taking some of the busiest metropolitan train lines out of Melbourne’s existing underground rail network (the City Loop), to run exclusively through the new tunnel, will free up other lines to run more services. As a result, capacity will be created on the network to enable 39,000 more passengers to use the rail system during morning and evening peaks.
High-capacity trains coming to town
In 2016, the Government of Victoria ordered 65 high-capacity metro trains as part of an AUS$2.3 billion (€1.5bn) Public Private Partnership (PPP) between government and Evolution Rail, a consortium of Downer, CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, and the Plenary Group.
The project includes delivery of the new rolling stock to run on the Cranbourne/Pakenham lines (on the suburban rail network in Melbourne’s south-east) from mid-2019, with the trains intended to run with high-capacity signalling through the Metro Tunnel (see ‘Metro Tunnel(ling) under the city’) upon its completion.
The project is expected to create 1,100 jobs, of which 15% will go to apprentices looking to build their skills and capability, plus 7% to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including indigenous Australians.
Safety in, crossings out
Established in 2015 by the Government of Victoria, the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) oversees one of the largest rail infrastructure project in the state's history. Central to the scheme is the elimination of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2022, in addition to upgrading or constructing more than 20 train stations, laying new track, and making associated rail improvements.
Since the creation of LXRA, 14 train stations have been rebuilt, 26 level crossings removed, and a further three are currently in construction to be taken out of the network. Up to 28 level crossings will be eliminated by the end of 2018, with 35 of the 50 removals expected to be completed or underway by this time.
Melbourne is one of only a few cities in the world with trains, trams, and buses running all night long on weekends
Hybrids on the horizon
To reduce polluting emissions, improve the passenger experience, and create local jobs, 50 new, ‘built in Victoria’ hybrid buses are to roll-out in metropolitan Melbourne.
The new hybrid vehicles, by local firm Volgren, will be phased into the CDC Victoria (bus operator for the Western and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, plus the Greater Cities of Ballarat and Geelong) fleet over the next three years. The first bus will enter service in late 2018 with at least 30 new hybrids to be delivered in the next 12 months. All 50 buses will be delivered by 2022.
All night, all right
Melbourne is one of only a few cities in the world with trains, trams, and buses running all night long on weekends, together with late-night coaches for regional passengers.
The Night Network was introduced as part of a successful trial in January 2016, and its services made a permanent feature of the network in July 2017. During this lead-up period, more than two million trips were taken on overnight trains, trams, buses, and regional coaches since the State Government introduced Night Network at the start of 2016.
Over 20% of Night Network riders are shift workers, getting home after a night serving drinks, staffing Melbourne’s hospitals, or keeping Melbourne safe. The rest are locals and visitors staying out later and enjoying Melbourne’s vibrant night life for longer.
The number of people cycling to work in metropolitan Melbourne is growing. In 2016, 17% of private vehicles entering the central city in the morning peak were bicycles, up from 11% in 2012. However, cycling participation appears to have declined in regional Victoria since 2011.
Led by the state government, the Victorian Cycling Strategy 2018-28 aims to increase the number, frequency, and diversity of Victorians travelling by bike, which includes commuter and local trips. The steps to achieving these goals will include investing in a safer, lower-stress and better-connected cycling network, which includes prioritising key cycling corridors. The Strategy will guide planning and spending for cycling for the next decade.
Check in on yesterday's article to read the rest of the 10 facets of Melbourne...
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