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New bike hire scheme starts

bicycles for hireThe first ten bike stations are open to the public as part of Melbourne’s new bicycle hire scheme.

The innovative bike-sharing program allows commuters to hire bicycles at key locations around the city, seven days a week.

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South Morang contract awarded

South Morang plan detailJohn Holland and Aecom will join the Department of Transport, Metro Trains and VicRoads in an alliance to design, deliver and manage works to extend the Epping line to South Morang.

The $650 million project includes laying 18,000 concrete sleepers, 12 kilometres of overhead wiring and another 12 kilometres of new track. A new premium station will also be built in South Morang.

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First X’Trapolis arrives at Ballarat workshops

X'trapolis trainThe first of the 19 new X’Trapolis trains to be assembled in Victoria has arrived.

A total of 38 new six-carriage X'Trapolis trains have been ordered for the Melbourne’s rail network. 

Four of the trains are already in service, two more are in testing and the seventh train arrived at the port over the weekend.

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Budget boost for roads

traffic at lightsThe State Budget will spend $490.2 million on improving Victoria’s road network.

The budget funding, announced on Tuesday 4 May, will improve safety and connections on the state’s roads.

The funding will improve regional roads, upgrade key routes in Melbourne’s outer suburbs and contribute to major projects being delivered in partnership with the Australian Government.

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More trams, staff and stations

North Melbourne StationPublic transport has been awarded $5.2 billion in the State Budget.

The funding will see 50 new low-floor trams added to Victoria’s transport network, an extra 20 staffed premium train stations and four new train stations built.

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Footscray Footbridge named

Footscray footbridgeThe new landmark footbridge at Footscray Station is open and has been named William Cooper Bridge.

The opening of the footbridge marks the completion of the first part of the Victorian Government's $61.6 million Footscray renewal program. It follows a $9.5 million boost in funding from the 2010-11 State Budget.

The renewal program includes the construction of new forecourts around the station precinct, an upgrade of the Leed Street tram stop and the revamping of key sites around Footscray. 

The footbridge was named in honour of local Indigenous leader and activist William Cooper. Local residents Christine Newman and Anthony Bella won the naming competition.

William Cooper Bridge has lift and stair access to each of the station's platforms, making the bridge accessible to all.

With over 12,000 people using the station every day, the six-metre wide footbridge, almost double the existing size, provides improved pedestrian flow, now and into the future.

The old footbridge has now been demolished in order to make room for the new forecourts which will start construction later this year.

See the project: Footscray - Central Activities District (CADs)

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Bridge strengthening starts

Truck with full loadAECOM has been awarded the design contract for the strengthening of Shepherd Bridge in Yarraville.

The upgrade to the bridge marks the first stage of the Victorian Government’s $380 million Truck Action Plan. The plan aims to get the trucks off residential streets in the west and improve access to the port.

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Bids in for cars of the future

Electric vehicle charging stationAn invitation to participate in a trial of electric vehicles has attracted 76 submissions, covering more than 100 components of the five-year trial.

The trial will provide real-world information to help plan for electric vehicles in Victoria. It also aims to understand the electric vehicle market, driver and recharging behaviour and the impact of electric vehicles on energy demand.

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Report on WestLink workshops published

A report from a series of workshops about what the community of the west of Melbourne values, has been published online.

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New bike hire scheme starts
South Morang contract awarded
First X’Trapolis arrives at Ballarat workshops
Budget boost for roads
More trams, staff and stations
Footscray Footbridge named
Bridge strengthening starts
Bids in for cars of the future
 
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