Melbourne’s ‘Huge Bang’: Report urges rail progress

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A whole lot extra trams just like the Bombardier automobiles presently being constructed will probably be wanted below Melbourne plans. Picture courtesy of M. Rowe

A blueprint for rail improvement within the capital of Victoria (Australia) has been produced. The Melbourne Rail Plan 2019-2050, launched by the Rail Futures Institute, recognises that automotive dependency ranges have gotten unsustainable and current trams and trains are close to capability. Patronage on the world’s largest tramway is up 13% within the final 5 years alone.

The plan seeks to supply new connections from center and interior suburbs to the town centre, cross-suburban journeys, and improved hyperlinks to heavy rail interchanges. New medium-capacity cross-suburban transit corridors could be developed, whereas the electrified commuter rail community could be prolonged to outer progress areas (11 schemes). A key goal is to create a cross-city grid community.

5 new metro-style strains are proposed: Footscray – Caulfield; Southern Cross – Airport; Newport – Southern Cross – Croxton; Southern Cross – Pakenham (maybe Gippsland); Glen Waverley – Knox Metropolis. A brand new fleet of 206 metro trains would even be required by 2037.

The plans embody 13 tramway extensions, three cross-suburban tramlines and eight supplementary suburban routes, needing an extra 483 trams by 2034. A brand new metropolis line would run from Clifton Hill station through Alexandra Parade, Barkly St, Grattan St and Hawke St to Spencer St, whereas new hyperlinks from Collins St to Westgate Park and Sandridge/Wirraway are additionally instructed. Medium Capability Transit (MCT) is outlined as mild rail, bus speedy transit or mild metro, with 231 route km on ten corridors, together with a northern/jap orbital line from the Airport through Broadmeadows, Keon Park, Heidelberg, Doncaster and Field Hill to Monash College, and a Ringwood – Knox Metropolis – Dandenong – Mentone line.

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The overall value of infrastructure within the plan is usually recommended as AUD108.2bn (EUR67.2bn) – with rail at AUD69.6bn (EUR43.25bn), tram AUD8.6bn (EUR5.35bn) and MCT AUD30bn (EUR18.6bn). AUD3.4bn (EUR2.7bn) could be wanted for the tram fleet, AUD2.4bn (EUR1.7bn) on the MCT fleet and AUD5.3bn (EUR3.3bn) for heavy rail.

The plan is now topic to session and political consideration.




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