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170407F Melbourne 'Age' - St Pauls Cathedral (when?).
170407F Melbourne 'Herald Sun':- airport line.- train to fun run.- energy. with tdu.
Melbourne Express: Friday, April 7, 2017 .Today's Mystery Melbourne is St Paul's Cathedral. The photo was taken beforespires were added to the building. The State Library estimates the pic wastaken between 1920 and 1929. Donna L was the first to pinpoint the datebased on what the women in the photo were wearing. Now that you've seen our school holiday guide, there's one thing you shouldkeep in mind if you're planning to go to your destination using publictransport - there will be buses replacing trains on some routes thisweekend.Tram routes 12, 78 and 109 will not be operating because of line works.<www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-express-friday-april-7-2017-20170406-gvfgbr.html>
April 7 2017 Andrews government talks down Melbourne Airport rail as PMpledges cash .The Andrews government has welcomed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's newinterest in building a rail link to Melbourne Airport, but played down theproject's urgency, arguing the best advice is it won't be needed for another15 to 30 years.Melbourne Airport rail was listed as a mid to long-term project inInfrastructure Victoria's recent 30-year planning blueprint for the state.Despite warnings of worsening Tullamarine traffic, the Andrews governmenthas made no commitment to a rail line to the airport. Photo: Chris Hopkins .The Andrews government has said it is happy to be guided by that independentadvice and has made no commitment to build a rail line to the airport."The independent Infrastructure Victoria report that was released late lastyear indicated that an airport rail link is needed within the next 15 to 30years and we certainly want to work towards achieving that," Victoria'sPublic Transport Minister Jacinta Allan Ms Allan told ABC Radio on Fridaymorning.This is despite recent warnings from Melbourne Airport that its visitornumbers are growing so fast that it expects the Tullamarine Freeway willchoke with traffic well before then.The airport expects to welcome 64 million passengers a year 15 years fromnow, almost double the current volume.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was a "big supporter" of rail andthat it was an "omission" that Melbourne did not have an airport rail line."It's very important to have more rail, particularly now in our big citiesas they become more densely settled but we're talking to colleagues aboutour infrastructure priorities," Mr Turnbull said.But he would not be drawn on specific details ahead of the budget whenquestioned on 3AW morning radio.Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester, who is also the member forGippsland, has been in talks with his state counterpart Jacinta Allan.Fairfax Media understands that planning work is well advanced to upgrade theGippsland rail corridor, a train line that services the Latrobe Valley,which has been hard hit by the closure of the Hazelwood power station. The intervention from Canberra to use the asset-recycling cash on theairport rail link has frustrated many in the Andrews government, who wantthe $1.45 billion Victoria is entitled to spent on infrastructure projectsthat are shovel-ready.There is also frustration that the Turnbull government is dictating how theentitlement should be spent when other state governments, particularly NSW,are given much more freedom to spend their allocation from the scheme.Under Treasurer Joe Hockey the asset-recycling scheme was set up to make apayment to the state of an extra 15 per cent of any privatisation salesmade, which could be reinvested into critical infrastructure.But when Victoria sold the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion the Turnbullgovernment said it would only pay an agreed $877 million to the project, ofwhich the vast majority was to be spent on Melbourne Metro rail.Since then there has been haggling over Victoria seeking its fullentitlement of $1.45 billion to spend on projects it sees fit.In March, Melbourne Airport told The Age: "We need a detailed study intofeasible solutions now because construction will take a decade andrealistically the solution will need to be operational in the next 10 to 15years."Money for an airport rail link is expected to feature in the April federalbudget, along with an injection of cash for an upgrade of fault-proneregional rail lines to Warrnambool, Gippsland and Albury, News Corp reportedon Friday.Ms Allan said Melbourne's rail network could not support an airport railline until the Melbourne Metro tunnel is completed in 2026."We welcome the Commonwealth's interest in the Airport Rail Link, and lookforward to working with them to advance a business case on this project,which can't be built until the completion of the Metro Tunnel," Ms Allansaid."We also welcome their interest in regional rail, after months of working toconvince the Turnbull government that investing in regional rail and publictransport was worthwhile. We now hope to work with them to get even moreshovels in the ground in Victoria's regions."The former Napthine government spent $6.5 million on a feasibility studyinto an airport rail link, which recommended it should take a dogleg routevia Sunshine station and the Albion-Jacana spur line used by trains betweenMelbourne and Sydney.It also found the Melbourne Metro tunnel would need to be up and runningbefore an airport link could be supported.But some experts fear Melbourne Metro will be too crowded out by trains onthe fast-growing Sunbury and Melton lines to ever support an airport raillink.In March, Ms Allan was briefed on a proposal for a separate airport railtunnel between Southern Cross Station and Sunshine, which would make for a15-minute trip between the city and the airport.The Air Train proposal, developed by the Rail Futures Institute, would alsoneed a dedicated fleet of trains designed for airport travellers. Theproject has an estimated price tag of more than $5 billion. Related ContentDespite warnings of worsening Tullamarine traffic, the Andrews governmenthas made no commitment to a rail line to the ... Government warned Melbourne Metro won't support future airport rail link .Age editorial dinkus square .Low-carbon vision for high-growth Melbourne .<www.theage.com.au/victoria/andrews-government-talks-down-melbourne-airport-rail-as-pm-pledges-cash-20170406-gvfmxn.html>