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News Around Melbourne Major Metro Tunnel construction works on display Locals and visitors will be able to watch construction of the Melbourne Metro tunnel from new viewing areas in Melbourne’s City Square, as work ramps up on the project. Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle unveiled two separate 10-metre long viewing areas in Swanston Street on Wednesday 6 December. The new platforms will allow thousands of people each day to watch as this iconic landmark is transformed into Town Hall Station – one of five new underground stations on the Melbourne Metro Rail Project (Metro Tunnel project). City Square is being demolished so that construction crews can dig 11 storeys below the ground to build the new Town Hall station, with most of City Square’s surface to be removed by mid-February. This access tunnel will be used to transport workers and equipment to and from the surface as the station is built. Following construction of a temporary deck, the site will be covered by a massive acoustic shed towards the end of 2018. Work also continues on other Metro Tunnel packages, with bidders now shortlisted for the final package of works – the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA). The $1 billion RIA will connect the Metro Tunnel to the rest of the network by upgrading and building new infrastructure including a new platform and turnback facility at West Footscray station (Sunbury line), and track and signalling work between Tottenham (Sunbury line) and Oakleigh (Pakenham and Cranbourne lines). The RIA will also build tunnel entrances where the Metro Tunnel joins the network in Kensington (Craigieburn line) and South Yarra (Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston and Sandringham lines). The shortlisted bidders for the RIA are CPB John Holland AECOM comprising CPB Contractors, John Holland, and AECOM Australia and Laing O’Rourke comprising Laing O’Rourke, Kellogg Brown & Root and WSP Australia. Victoria More car parks for Keilor Plains station A total of 177 new car parking places have been completed at Keilor Plains station, giving passengers in Melbourne’s growing west an easier trip to work or school in the morning. (Keilor Plains is located 19.5 kilometres from Southern Cross station on the Sunbury line.) Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman announced the completion of works on Friday 8 December. The works included installing new lighting, line markings, CCTV and signage to improve safety and station access. The Victorian government’s $20 million Station Car Park Upgrades Program is building more than 2,100 extra parking spaces at regional and metropolitan stations. By the end of December 2017, car parking capacity had been increased at: Station Line No. of additional car parks Castlemaine Bendigo 150 Ferntree Gully Belgrave 215 Gisborne Bendigo 40 Keilor Plains Sunbury 177 Kilmore East North East 50 Kyneton Bendigo 100 Officer Pakenham 165 Regent South Morang 117 Upfield Upfield 100 Wallan North East 150 Watsonia Hurstbridge 101 Williams Landing Werribee 150 Works are yet to be completed at: Berwick (Pakenham line), Deer Park (Serviceton line), Melton (Serviceton line) and Strathmore (Craigieburn line). For more information, visit the Victrack station car park upgrades page: www.victrack.com.au/projects/key-projects/station-car-park-upgrades 6058, the latest of 80 trams being built by Bombardier Transportation at Dandenong, is seen in the Melbourne CBD on Sunday 3 December 2017. It is planned to deliver all 80 of the E class/6000 series trams by June 2019. The E class currently operate on routes 11, 86 and 96. Mike Martin 22 RAILWAY DIGEST

Victoria News Yarra Trams offers free advertising to community organisations Not-for-profit community organisations located within the Yarra Trams network that make a significant contribution to diversity and inclusion in Melbourne, have been offered the chance to share in $1 million of free advertising, under the transport operator’s new Community Partnerships Program. Applications for 2018 funding round opened on Monday 11 December 2017 and closed on Sunday 4 February 2018 with successful partners will be selected by an independent panel of influential Melburnians in the coming months. Yarra Trams CEO, Nicolas Gindt said: “Yarra Trams believes strongly in contributing to Melbourne’s liveability by extending our support beyond the rails to the communities we represent. I am proud to launch the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program today and encourage Melbourne-based community organisations to submit applications for a share in $1 million worth of advertising across our network”. “Melbourne’s tram network is at the heart of our community, no matter where you come from or what you do. We bring people together by providing a service where everyone is welcome”. Applications for the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program will be assessed annually, allowing organisations the opportunity to access this unique advertising offer. For more information on the program visit: yarratrams.com.au/community-partnerships Sunday 19 November 2017 found most of V/Line’s fleet of P class units stored around the broad-gauge turntable at South Dynon. Absent were P 11 (location believed to be Newport Workshops), P 12 (on short-term hire to Steamrail Victoria for heritage purposes), and standard-gauge unit P 13, which was started and driven to Southern Cross for shunting moves soon after this photo was taken. David Campbell Improved connectivity for Victorian regional passengers Passengers on Victoria’s five busiest regional rail lines are set to see major improvements in mobile phone coverage following the successful testing of mobile signal repeaters, which will be used in Australia for the first time. The successful pilot clears the way for the rollout of the $18 million Regional Rail Connectivity Project, which will boost mobile coverage for passengers along the Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Traralgon and Seymour rail lines. The Victorian government is partnering with the three major mobile carriers – Telstra, Vodafone and Optus – to construct up to 35 new mobile towers as part of the project. These towers will be combined with in-train technology to significantly improve coverage for passengers. Trains will begin to be fitted with the technology from early 2018 and the entire VLocity fleet will have a booster on board by the end of the year. The first mobile towers have already been built, and once boosters are installed passengers should notice a significant improvement in their mobile signal. Mobile coverage will improve as the technology is rolled out throughout 2018. Victorian Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis said; “In today’s world, digital connectivity is crucial for people’s lifestyles and for doing business. This program is making it fair for regional Victorian passengers by giving them faster, more reliable mobile coverage”. FEBRUARY 2018 23

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