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Sun.19.6.22 Metro Twitter
Flinders St: still with a lane closed for tunnel works? [reopened by July? Closed again by Nov.]
Campbell Arcade (Flinders St station) is closed until 2024. The exit from the Myki gates within the subway will also be closed. No pedestrian access between the arcade & Flinders St. Use Elizabeth & Swanston St entry/exits. Platform interchange via that subway will be available until mid 2022.
Mernda line: Trains will run to an altered timetable until Sep 2022 (works). Trains operate on a single track Thornbury - Regent, and trains will not stop at Bell or Preston. Shuttle buses operate Thornbury - Bell - Preston - Regent - Reservoir. No access to station facilities during this time.
Buses replace trains Sunshine - Sunbury until the last train of Wed 29 Jun (works).
12.16 & 12.30 Werribee line: Outbound trains direct Newport - Laverton (an equipment fault). Passengers for Seaholme/Altona/Westona take an outbound train to Laverton, and change for a Flinders St train.
- 12.40 Outbound trains have resumed via Westona, with minor delays. First train 12.06 Flinders St - Werribee.
17.12 Lilydale/Belgrave lines: Major delays as police attend to a trespasser. Trains may be held at platforms.
Frankston line: Buses replace trains Caulfield - Mordialloc from 20.40 uuntil the last train (maintenance works).
Pakenham/Cranbourne lines: Buses replace trains Caulfield - Westall from 20.30 until the last train (works).
Waterfront walkway to link Sydney Opera House and Parramatta. Alexandra Smith June 17, 2022
New ferry wharves, ‘New York-style’ high line slated for Circular Quay. Angus Thomson June 19, 2022. 143 comments
New ferry wharves, a new public green space and a “New York style” high line on a section of the Cahill Expressway are part of an ambitious state government proposal to redevelop Circular Quay.
The NSW government will commit $216 million in the upcoming state budget towards a long-term redevelopment of Circular Quay which Premier Dominic Perrottet said would create up to 1000 jobs and reconnect Sydney with “Australia’s most celebrated waterfront”.
Concept photos for the redevelopment.CREDIT:NSW GOVERNMENT
“The scar of the Cahill Expressway splits our amazing city from its best asset,” Perrottet said. “While we cannot get rid of it right now, I’m delighted we can enhance it in the meantime and create one of the world’s truly great walks.”
The funding will go towards funding initial design work, planning approvals and a community consultation process before the government makes a final business decision, Treasurer Matt Kean said.
Kean, who will hand down his first state budget on Tuesday, said the redevelopment would “transform the world’s gateway to Australia” as Sydney prepares to welcome the 15 million visitors it received prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This renewal would create a more dynamic space for visitors and locals to enjoy new places to eat, drink and shop,” he said. “We’re considering options to upgrade the wharves and revamp the train station to reaffirm Circular Quay as a key transport hub for Sydney.”
Infrastructure minister Rob Stokes said Circular Quay had not lived up to its potential “for too long”, and the community would be consulted about how to revive the space.
“This plan will see Sydney have the front door it deserves and better reflect the spectacular city we live in,” he said.
The announcement follows a $60 million proposal to build a 91-kilometre pathway snaking around Sydney’s waterfront and linking the Opera House to Parramatta Park.
RELATED ARTICLE The path of the 80 kilometre walk along the foreshore Waterfront walkway to link Sydney Opera House and Parramatta
* If I were reading this from my flood-damaged home in Lismore, or my permanent camping site on the south coast, I'd be in tears. But I'd still be able to think of a better place for the $25m pole.
* It's just putting lipstick on a pig. The overhead road and rail is an eyesore and should be demolished and alternative road and rail links like a tunnel built.
* No apartments on top ? Surprise , surprise .
* The artists' impressions appear to show a new construction obstructing the view along the walkway on the wharf side, and more concrete around the existing grassed area at the west. These changes seem to detract, if anything, and since everything else remains pretty much as it is now, these plans seems to be a complete waste of effort. Until the Cahill can be removed, everything else will just be pointless tinkering. Please, politicians, spend your time and our money on worthwhile things, and show us you're not owned by developers.
* "While redevelopment is underway, commuters familiar with waterways and mooring are encouraged to use their own water options"
* Clearly the state budget has been finished for a number of weeks now, as they keep leaking all of these announcements about what will be in it a week at a time to create maximum political value. Just announce the budget already and get on with the job.
* $215 million on yet another bout of "initial design work, planning approvals and a community consultation process", in other words lining up of consulting businesses pockets. There was a design competition already for Circular Quay and surrounds. What's wrong with the winning project? There was also a community consultation. Why do we need another one? In the meantime funding for Great Western Highway tunnel was scrapped, meaning the historic village of Blackheath will be bulldozed and the Hydro Majestic compromised. Btw it happened after years of "community consultation process".
* Oh great! So we end up with even more crap blocking the quay from the city. Did anyone read the design brief? The Cahill deck should be removed and the station completely gutted at ground level to open the space up. There doesn’t need to be all this junk at ground level, other than access to the station above. If your goal is to connect the city to the harbour then stop putting more stuff in the way. Circular Quay doesn’t need another stupid Westfield full of junk shops and kebab outlets.
* Policies for a government so out of touch. There are so many far more important areas that need addressing first, as so many comments below indicate. Regions, Health, Education, Homelessness, affordable housing, social housing, the list goes on and on. . Get that right first and then dream.
* The con of the century. I thought that honour belonged to the Stadium rebuild but this eclipses it handsomely. There is no mention of the costs to redirect the road and rail transport system, no feasibility study on the impact on the transport sector or the cost on everyday people accessing this gateway. The $219 million price tag is just laughable and cannot be creditable given the ICAREand TAHE financial fiascos.
* By all means modernise the wharves and the surrounding space. Just stop wasting money fiddling around with the Cahill Expressway. I’m sure there are many other worthy projects that could use the money to be spent on the “high line”?
* Hands off our heritage, Perrottet! Your re-election chances are not to be used to announce and waste money on pie-in- the-sky ideas that are just not needed. The Quay is primarily a public transport hub. Your mob has buggered up the buses and put a ridiculous light rail in the wrong place going to the wrong places, and now you want to ‘shape’ the whole area to your warped vision of aesthetics. Don’t lump any more debt and chaos on us. Hopefully your government’s days are numbered. Contracts that future governments could be bound by are just not wanted. Look to health and education. Try to do something useful before you go.
* Is this about views of the harbour or views on how to win the next election?
* Selling the sizzle again. $200 million more to consultants...still no shovel in sight.
* All about Sydney. How about helping out the FNC with housing ...oh thats right the floods are over... lets forget about up there.
* Putting trees on the Cahill is like putting lipstick on a pig.
* Gee everyday more government promises about stuff that they hope will distract at the next elections.
* “transform the world’s gateway to Australia” Surely that would be the ridiculously commercialised airport and the rip off train fare into town.
* It's been talked about for decades but nothing gets done about the Cahill and railway. It's a nonsense to suggest that it can't be removed. However, so long as rail services need it as a turnaround loop for hundreds of trains coming in from the western suburbs, it actually can't be eliminated, only relocated in tunnels further south. But such a redesign would radically affect the system as a whole and absorb billions just to make Circular Quay, nicer? So nothing but window dressing will be done.
* Sydney is not New York. Make something that suits Sydney.
* But I love the Cahill Expressway. I use it every weekday to zip between the bridge and my eastern suburbs home. And the view is pleasant as I do so
* What did they say to sell the Cahill Expressway when it was built?
* Of all the things that really need to be done, our government goes big on aesthetics for the tourists. Homelessness Child protection Public health Public education Public transport
* How about a 'Sydney style' something in Sydney? Aren't we even a little tired of being palmed of with some monstrosities that are designed for a city that is nothing at all like our own?
* agree 100% The 'aussie cultural insecurities' scream out with the headline.
* New York’s Highline has novelty value when you walk along it, but when you look at it from the streets it’s as ugly as a bucket of bolts. Having walked along it, I am in no rush to go back. It’s also set in high rise, not competing with our harbour. This is not going to enhance the appearance of Circular Quay, nor really add amenity compares to protecting our parks and opening up the foreshore. A vacuous thought bubble.
* what about the traffic that needs to get off the bridge and go the M5 or eastern suburbs ? going to put them thru the city or build something else . cars are going to be with us for a while .
* More cash for the developers
* Do we really want to be flooded by 15 million tourists year? It would be nice if such assets were primarily for the enjoyment of Sydneysiders.
* Yeah lets just put up a fence around the place and keep the borders shut. Sounds like you've thoroughly thought this through.
* They tried this in Newcastle. Opening up the waterfront. Look what happened there. A pretend light rail and businesses still struggling. Newcastle was sold a pup.
* We sure were. Complete disaster.
* When you consider it will cost $25 Million to put a flag pole on the harbour bridge (even Perrottet is amazed). Hey, money is cheap when it is not your own. There must be an election coming on and pretty pictures of large trees and small skyscrapers look good.
* Yes the architect/planner/developer’s best con-trick is the large open space, large trees and none or very small intrusion of high rise towers in the ‘concept’ photo/drawings. The computer generated “dream” always looks just so inviting. Reality never gets in the concept proposal cause that’s always a future problem.
* I like the way it is, i like the little shops, i enjoy the buzz of people wandering around, i love these old wharves and the older ferries... They'll replace it with souless windswept place. Don't forget these are the same people that wanted to Bull doze the rocks!
* $216M seems likely better value than $25M on a flagpole, but still.... do we really want to get rid of the ferry wharves? Is there anything wrong with the current wharves? The greenline is only on a 'section' of the Cahill Expressway so you'd still have the cars whizzing past.
* That $216M (and probably more) will be spent before they actually do any work there. Expect billions for the actual project. The Western harbour tunnel will be of little benefit for the majority of motorists who use the Cahill, so will they be forced back onto city streets to get to the eastern suburbs?
* Today's brainstorm from a government that's increasingly sounding like the Developers' Friend. Spend another $216 million, multiplied by the usual cost overrun factor of two or three, to create something we don't need, then sell it off to the private sector who will turn it into expensive high-end retail and/or luxury apartments. Meanwhile, flood victims go homeless, hospitals are begging for more doctors and schools have a teacher shortage. Talk about getting priorities wrong...
* “ The funding will go towards funding initial design work, planning approvals and a community consultation process before the government makes a final business decision, Treasurer Matt Kean said.” Of course, the $215 million is basically for consultants. Once this is spent the Trillion dollars for the actual construction has to be found. These guys have just cut back on a project that was being built because of cost over-runs. It is a big task to run a government. Too big for these politicians.
$3.5b to be spent on Queensland rail projects in state budget. Toby Crockford June 19, 2022
The Queensland government plans to pump $3.5 billion into rail projects as part of the state budget, which will be unveiled in full by Treasurer Cameron Dick on Tuesday.
The Treasurer announced the budget teaser at Cross River Rail’s Woolloongabba site on Sunday following the laying of the first section of track for the $5.4 billion underground project.
Concept images of the new Exhibition station at Bowen Hills as part of the Cross River Rail project.
The $3.5 billion will include $924 million for stage three of the Gold Coast Light Rail, from Broadbeach South to Burleigh Heads; $876 million for the Logan and Gold Coast faster rail upgrade from Kuraby to Beenleigh; and $489 million towards the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade.
The package will also allocate $789 million towards the New Generation Rollingstock program, including new signalling and train control systems; $212 million towards the Queensland Train Manufacturing Program; $107 million towards building three new Gold Coast stations – at Pimpama, Hope Island and Merrimac; $92.5 million towards the Loganlea train station relocation; and $30 million for the Loganlea train station park ‘n’ ride upgrade.
Dick said these projects would create more than 5000 jobs over their lifespan and include the building of 65 new trains in Maryborough.
“Our rail investment is not just for the south-east, it is for all of Queensland. In particular, it will support manufacturing jobs in regional parts of the state, particularly Maryborough and Rockhampton,” he said.
“By making trains here in Queensland, it also supports traditional manufacturing and skilled jobs in the many small and medium businesses that are part of the supply chain.”
Dick’s announcement followed the laying of the first section of track, spanning 50 metres, at Cross River Rail’s Albert Street station in Brisbane’s CBD, part of the 5.9-kilometre twin-tunnel project.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey said that project would greatly benefit crowds watching games at the Gabba, and during the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“Trains will arrive every three minutes at the Gabba, clearing 900 people at a time. Can you imagine how much better that is going to be getting out of the Gabba, compared to the current schemozzle?” he said.
“You can throw as many buses as you like at it, but it is still very difficult to get away from the Gabba.
“This [Woolloongabba] station will not only be fantastic to get away from the Gabba when it is open, it will also be essential to moving people about for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2032.”
The Gabba is set to host the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies.
Track being laid in the Cross River Rail tunnel. The track starts at Albert Street station and heads south to Woolloongabba station.
Cross River Rail workers aim to lay 50-100 metres of track every day for the next year or so, before moving into the mechanical and electrical work phase, followed by the station fitout process.
The majority of the construction work should be done by 2024. There will then be a period of testing before the first trains start taking passengers some time in 2025.
* And if you're nowhere near the coast, or The Gabba, the benefit is approx zero. We're in the south east and can't get much needed road infrastructure built. These people keep running large events like the G20, The Commonwealth Games and now The Olympic Games. I'm still waiting for the benefits from the first two, so I'm not holding my breath thinking that our overdue infrastructure will flow from The Olympic Games.
* And what about Camcos on the Sunshine Coast? Or track duplication so we can get more regular services?
The North Coast is choking thanks to unfettered development * Quoted from the above article: “$489 million towards the Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade”
RELATED ARTICLE Cross River Rail community tunnel walk on Sunday. A glimpse into south-east Queensland’s future 30 metres below ground
* Nearly all of this money is going into the south east corner. Again.
* No commitment for those long suffering in the south west region. One of the fastest growing areas and no public transport except a bus which takes forever to get to the city. Build sailsbury to beaudesert NOW. More trams lines for the gold coast that are oppossed by local residents.
* Salisbury to Beaudesert cannot be built until Cross River Rail is operational. There is no capacity on the existing network to get trains from Beaudesert into the City.
Zero emissions electric bus fleet, charging stations in the works at Ventura Ivanhoe depot. Kirra Grimes June 19, 2022 Whittlesea Leader
Say goodbye to diesel fumes and engine noise as a new fleet of electric buses in Melbourne’s north promises your most relaxing ride yet.
video: Northern suburbs to host Victoria’s first fully electric bus depot Victoria’s first fully electric bus depot will be charging 27 buses in Melbourne’s north by early 2024 as part of the State Government’s Zero Emissions Bus Trial.
The words ‘public transport’ and ‘relaxing’ don’t often go together in a sentence, but a new fleet of electric buses hitting the road in Melbourne’s north is set to change that.
The Victorian government announced this week 27 zero-emissions electric buses would be servicing the northern suburbs from early 2024, operating out of the state’s first fully electric bus depot in Heidelberg West.
Works to convert bus operator Ventura’s Ivanhoe depot to accommodate the state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly fleet, including the installation of 15 fast-charging units, are expected to begin next month and be completed by the end of the year.
The new buses won’t look much different from what passengers know, but what’s ‘under the hood’ will be a big departure from the diesel fuel guzzling buses of the past.
“It’s beautifully quiet,” Paul Jones, of Reservoir, who drove Ventura’s first electric bus for about a month straight when it arrived at the depot at the start of the year said.
“It’s just so smooth — there’s no transmission, so there’s no banging and clanging of gears, no diesel rumbling through the small streets,” he said.
“Passengers make comments all the time about how peaceful it is now.
“They ask me: ‘Is the engine even on?’”
Bus driver Paul Jones of Reservoir on board an electric bus at Ventura’s Ivanhoe depot – set to be Victoria’s first fully electric bus depot. Picture: Kirra Grimes
Ventura managing director Andrew Cornwall said the new buses would be “a breath of fresh air” for northern suburbs residents, and the Ivanhoe conversion would pave the way for the company to fit out its remaining 11 depots.
A further 12 electric trial buses are due to enter the network this year, and by 2024, 27 electric buses will be operating on nine routes across the northern suburbs, transporting up to 10,000 people each week including to La Trobe University and Northland Shopping Centre.
Ivanhoe state Labor MP Anthony Carbines, Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll, and Ventura managing director Andrew Cornwall admiring a clean, green, and quiet new electric bus Ventura’s Ivanhoe depot. Picture: Kirra Grimes
Going electric is not expected to cut down travel time or bus fares, but is expected to boost local employment, with Dandenong South-based manufacturer Volgren estimating 1.5 new jobs internally and 3.5 new jobs in the local supply chain for every new bus built.
The first electric bus based at Ventura’s Ivanhoe depot has been operational since early 2022. Picture: Kirra Grimes
The depot conversion is part of the state government’s $20m Zero Emissions Bus Trial, which aims to transition Victoria’s entire bus fleet to zero emissions, as part of a legislated commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
Six Victorian bus companies have been selected to trial two hydrogen and 50 electric buses across existing routes in Melbourne, Seymour and Traralgon.
Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said Ventura’s depot conversion would provide insights needed to guide the process across the rest of the state.
“We have a big job ahead of us as we transition our bus fleet to zero emissions, so having the opportunity to study and learn from the conversion of Ventura’s depot to a fully electric bus depot will be invaluable to this process,” Mr Carroll said.
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* what they dont mention is the takeover by the state govt of all the bus companies,no more private buses.
* I was in Scotland in 2018. All their public transport vehicles and taxis were electric. It is good we are starting to catch up with other parts of the world
* Now all we need is having them run more often, and have no stickers over windows.
* Where's the guys facemask, still compulsory.
* It's a photo op, the bus isn't in operation.
* zero emissions=zero truth. how long can Australians tolerate thes lies.
* Zero emissions, oh really. Unless the bus depot has put a few square kilometers of solar panels with wind turbines on their roof, I am pretty sure good old brown coal will be the energy charging these babies up.
* What happens when we lose power and they can't be recharged?
* Then we'll be back to the 'walking bus' that school children had.
* Backup diesel generators, probably, when the coal powered generators cant supply enough juice to handle this extra load.
* Unless they increase the fleet to more than the diesel buses to cover for rechargings I guarantee the timetable will have to be alterered (fewer services) to accommodate for that.
* I wish they wouldn’t say zero emissions because that is entirely false. The electricity going into the batteries doesn’t come out of thin air, it comes mainly from coal or gas fired power stations. Maybe a small amount from wind farms when the wind is blowing. Would you say a suburban electric train is zero emissions? Same thing.
* That’s great but having travelled on buses during peak time with school children on board its far from peaceful.
* School children way better behaved on buses than almost any time in the past, and I’ve travelled on them for over 50 years.
* That depends entirely on the suburb.
* On the face of it, this is a feel-good story in which I like the ideal of learning from this first depot conversion. But the underlying question that isn't being addressed is 'From where will it be able to acquire the necessary electricity to charge the full fleet on a daily basis, and keep them running all day?'
* Have they seen the videos of the electric buses bursting into flames in Paris?
* When an EV goes up in flames , it is extremely difficult to put out , and even more difficult to clean up. An electric bus fire would be something else.
Sun.19.6.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'. Disruptions.
Buses replace trains in both directions
Sunbury line Until 29 Jun
Frankston and Stony Point lines 1to 7 Jul
Belgrave and Lilydale lines From 8.30pm 8 Jul to 24 Jul
Craigieburn line From 9pm 22 Jul to 25 Jul
Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill lines Until 29 Jun
Seymour and Shepparton lines From the night of 22 Jul to 25 Jul
Changed traffic conditions or closed lanes and ramps
West Gate Freeway From June
Monash Freeway In June
Road disruptions: Closed roads
O’Shea Road, Berwick Until 4 Jul
Barwon Heads Road, Belmont Until 11 Jul
Foote Street, Templestowe Until 7 Aug
Gap Road, Sunbury Until Oct
Union Road, Surrey Hills 1Jul to 15 Aug
Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert 8 to 25 Jul
Sun.19.6.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'. Letters.
* DAN'S Metro tunnel, which runs for five stations only, does not open till 2025. What is wrong with this state? It would be running by now in any other country.
* I WAS travelling on a train when an authorised officer came over to me to dutifully check my mask. They didn't even want to see my ticket. What kind of crazy priority is this?
Sun.19.6.22 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'. Covid restrictions eased. KIERAN ROONEY, GRANT MCARTHUR & MITCH CLARKE
THE Andrews government is optimistic the remaining Covid restrictions can come off after winter, paving the way for a November election with no rules in place.
Victoria is now almost completely back to normal after the state dropped mask rules at airports, visitor caps and vaccine mandates for workers.
Masks on public transport remain one of the few restrictions still in place even though new data shows only about half of people on trams and trains are following these rules.
Health Minister Martin Foley on Saturday confirmed a Herald Sun report that mask requirements would be lifted at airports after advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
The new rules are part of a suite of changes that will come into effect on June 24.
Third-dose vaccine mandates will be lifted for workers in education, food distribution, meat and seafood processing and quarantine accommodation.
But they will remain for health workers, emergency services, and staff in aged care and disability care.
Rules that require people to work from home if not double-dosed will also lift now that a significant percentage of the population has been vaccinated.
Employers will still be able to set their own rules for vaccine requirements.
Visitor caps will be removed for aged care and disability centres, but they will still have to test negative in a rapid test on the day.
Positive cases must continue to isolate for seven days but will now be able to drive people in their households to school or work as long as they do not leave their cars.
New advice from the chief health officer has detailed some restrictions can be lifted but others should remain until winter is over.
Masks will remain on public transport, rideshare vehicles and on planes.
They will also remain at hospitals and care centres.
Victoria’s remaining rules mean the state’s pandemic declaration is likely to be extended next month but government sources said they hoped the finish line was in sight.
Covid and flu infections typically peak in winter and once this surge has passed, normal life will return.
It would also remove Covid rules from the equation in the state election after Victoria’s two years of lockdowns.
“These orders mean we can keep in place sensible settings to reduce case numbers and hospitalisations through winter, when the risk of transmission is highest, while allowing Victorians to live safely with Covid-19,” Mr Foley said.
New data reveals mask use on public transport continues to plummet, and almost half of train commuters do not wear masks.
New ﬁgures obtained by Herald Sun show that in May just 53 per cent of passengers on trains and 62 per cent of tram commuters wore masks.
It’s a drop from 62 per cent on trains, and 68 per cent on trams, in April.
A month earlier, 72 per cent of train users and 76 per cent of people on trams wore masks.
More than 52,000 masks have been distributed to passengers travelling without masks since February.
The head of Melbourne University’s School of Population and Global Health, Nancy Baxter, said there had been little point in maintaining Victoria’s two-dose mandate at most workplaces any longer.
However, it was now vital for politicians to show more leadership on mask wearing.
“When we see relaxations of mandates all of the chief health officers always say masks are recommended, and we’re moving to a personal responsibility part of the pandemic,” she said.
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra said the change to restrictions had come earlier than expected.
“We know, talking to the airport, that masks have been a detractor getting people in, so that is one of the biggest changes we will see,” he said.
“Today really signals a change; it puts the choice back on you.”
* Having to be triple vaccinated to work in health, emergency services and aged care
* Wearing a mask on public transport, on planes and in rideshare vehicles
* Wearing a mask in hospitals and care facilities
* Rapid test before visiting age care and disability care. with some exceptions
TO BE SCRAPPED JUNE 24
* Having to be triple vaccinated to work in education and food distribution
* Wearing a mask in airports
* Aged care visitor caps