Wed 05 Oct 2016

Infrastructure Victoria Releases Draft Strategy:

Infrastructure Victoria has released its’ draft 30-year infrastructure strategy which outlines to Government the key projects, policies and reforms needed in response to our infrastructure challenges and opportunities over the short, medium and long term.

CCF Victoria CEO, John Kilgour, attended an industry briefing session where 134 draft recommendations were made, from over 280 plus options, based on the best available evidence, rigorous assessment and consultation.

In developing the strategy, the analysis revealed that recommendations were reasonably balanced with around 70% applied to the state as a whole, 20% metro-Melbourne and around 10% specific to Regional & Rural Victoria.

Clear messages from the briefing include the importance of changing behaviours, managing demand, getting better use from existing assets (45%) and expanding or building new assets aligned to population and jobs (35%) to stimulate social and economic growth.

In determining the draft recommendations, a range of factors were considered including the timing of the need being addressed, how the recommendations worked together, and anticipated budget capacity for capital spending, particularly in the short term.  In addition, industry’s capacity to deliver and the importance of a steady flow of construction projects to avoid major “peaks and troughs” was also considered.

The report itself contained a number of recommendations and solutions for Victoria’s infrastructure across a variety of areas some of which were considered short term solutions and others more long term. Some of the more relevant ones that will lead to potential tender opportunities for CCF Members included…

North East Link – MAJOR PRIORITY:

Construct the North East Link within 10-15 years. As a first step, there needs to be a detailed assessment of alternative alignments. This link would enhance access to major employment centres, particularly the Latrobe NEC and the Epping, Ringwood and Broadmeadows MACs, through improved orbital road connectivity and improve the capacity of the freight network, particularly from the southeast and Gippsland.

Melton rail electrification:

Extend the electrified rail network to Melton within 10-15 years to support the western growth corridor and improve services on the Ballarat line. This electrification is critical to meeting the significant projected patronage growth on the Melton line for access to the central city and requires the support of 10-car high-capacity metro trains to operate on this line.

Geelong/Werribee/Wyndham rail link:

Deliver new stations with rail capacity expansion on the existing Regional Rail Link corridor in western Melbourne to support these high growth areas while maintaining travel times and relieving overcrowding on the Geelong line within 5-15 years. Further work is required to determine the scope and sequence of this rail upgrade.

Outer Metropolitan Ring Road:

Construct the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road within 15-30 years. As a first step, there needs to be further consideration of staging and integrated land use planning. The resulting redistribution of traffic would enhance access to major employment centres in the west and north, including the East Werribee, Sunshine and Latrobe NECs, Melbourne Airport and the Epping and Broadmeadows MACs and improve the capacity of the freight network.

Melbourne Airport rail link:

Deliver a rail line to Melbourne Airport, preferably linking with both central Melbourne and the southeast, within 15-30 years once the additional capacity of the airport bus has been exceeded.

City Loop reconfiguration:

Reconfigure the City Loop within the early part of 15-30 years to deliver a major capacity uplift to the Craigieburn and Upfield corridors and enable electrification to Wallan. It should also minimise disruption to rail customers during construction, leveraging the capacity available shortly after completion of Melbourne Metro expected in 2026.

Clyde rail extension:

Construct an extension of the Cranbourne rail line from Cranbourne to Clyde within 15-30 years to connect this designated growth precinct with the central city, including assessment of options to use alternative modes. This will provide better access to high growth areas in the southeast of Melbourne.

Fishermans Bend tram link:

Extend the tram network to Fishermans Bend to stimulate high-density major urban redevelopment within 5-10 years. This tram extension would have a city-shaping and catalytic impact of opening up Australia’s largest urban renewal precinct and enable housing for 80,000 people and 60,000 jobs to be located adjacent to central Melbourne.

Details of the recommendations and evidence based analysis are available on Infrastructure Victoria’s website with the community and stakeholders able to provide feedback through the consultation website www.yoursay.infrastructurevictoria.com.au

Consultation is open until 31 October 2016 with the final strategy must be delivered to parliament by December 2016.