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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.

Access to the bicycles is available by signing up to a yearly subscription of $50 or a daily subscription of $2.50 from kiosks located at bike stations.

The early roll-out of the first ten stations and 100 bicycles was launched at the University of Melbourne on Monday 31 May.

The new stations are along the Swanston Street/ St Kilda Road corridor. They include locations at the Melbourne Arts Centre Precinct, Federation Square, RMIT University and Bourke Street at the GPO.

An additional 40 bike hire stations and 500 bikes will be rolling out over the next few weeks and operating by the middle of this year.

See the project: Melbourne Bike Share

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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.

A community engagement and information program will be rolled out so the community can see the project designs, meet project staff and learn more about the works before major construction starts.

The new track will help meet the public transport needs of the booming community in the Whittlesea region as well as improving capacity and reliability for other users.

Pre-construction works have already started and major construction is due to start later this year.

The project will boost the Victorian economy and will create more than 460 direct jobs as well as opportunities for suppliers and subcontractors.

The project is due to be completed in 2013.

See the project: South Morang Rail Extension

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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.

Half of the trains will arrive assembled from Europe, the other half are to be built in Ballarat.

Alstom is using local industry for manufacturing and supply services as part of the contract to construct the new trains.

The project is expected to create 135 jobs for Victorians, including 65 at UGL Rail in Ballarat. It will also provide the manufacturing industry with local contracts and opportunities worth more than $75 million.

The first of the Ballarat-assembled trains will enter service next year.

See the project: New trains and trams

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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.

Of the $129.2 million allocated to upgrading regional roads, $76.9 million will be used to build a new road connecting Anglesea Road to the Surf Coast Highway.

Some $35 million will improve Hallam Road between Pound Road and Ormond Road. This was the site of two fatal crashes last year.

Money has also been allocated to a new automated number plate recognition technology. This will make it easier for police to detect unregistered vehicles, unauthorised drivers and fine defaulters.

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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.

The funding, announced in the State Budget of Tuesday 4 May, will see $807.6 million to improve the tram system by building 50 new trams. The first of these trams is due to hit the tracks in 2012-13.

Some $83.7 million will be spent on staffing 20 more premium stations to improve security on Melbourne’s train network. This will bring the total number of premium stations, which are all staffed from first to last train seven days a week, to 97.

In addition, $37.7 million will be spent on building four new stations at Caroline Springs, Lynbrook, Cardinia Road and Williams Landing. Design work for these stations has already started and construction will begin by the end of the year.

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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.

The bridge improvement works will provide the preliminary work required to make a freight corridor, with ramps joining the West Gate Freeway to the port precinct

Some $11 million was allocated late last year to planning Stage 1 of the Truck Action plan and strengthening the bridge.

Once AECOM has completed the designs, tenders for construction will be advertised. Construction is due to start later this year.

See the project: Truck Action Plan

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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.

It will also gather information on the implications for electricity consumption and demand, and the impact on greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions.

The final design of the trial and participants is due to be finalised by August this year.

See the project: Electric Vehicle Trial

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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.

The community values workshops were conducted by Linking Melbourne Authority in February 2010. They were done as part of the WestLink project.

More than 90 people attended the four sessions to share their views about the west and express ideas and concerns about the WestLink project.

View the report
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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