Chris_71 wrote:I think that's right - just need to slow down a bit.
Docklands now needs to be treated in the same way but isn't. Too many people doing a Z Grade Crit race.
SWANSTON St will be out of action for up to a year when the iconic thoroughfare is dug up for the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel project.
The Herald Sun can reveal areas near the two new proposed city train stations - CBD North and CBD South - will be worst affected.
One source said the entire width of the impacted stretches of road could be out of action for up to a year.
Construction on the five-stop, 9km tunnel linking the Sydenham and Dandenong rail lines is not expected to start for several years even if planning approval is granted as federal funding is needed.
Rail study unveils great plans for Melbourne's East
It is understood the State Government is trying to establish which traders would be affected.
Melbourne City Council has just completed a $25.6 million redevelopment of Swanston St.
The disruption to the street is going to be very important to us but we are just going to have to grit our teeth
Public Transport Victoria CEO Ian Dobbs said building a rail tunnel and stations in the CBD presented complex engineering and planning challenges but it was too early to say the exact impacts on the city.
"There will be some disruption to Swanston St but cities around the world are successfully building new rail tunnels in the heart of their city," Mr Dobbs said.
Source: Herald Sun
"The extent of any disruption will ultimately depend on the precise tunnel route and station design, including where station entrances are located."
Almost 100,000 people will travel through the two new transport hubs near Flinders St and Melbourne Central stations during peak hours.
Mr Dobbs said community feedback would be sought next year on station design and proposed construction methods under the planning approvals process, which has started and is expected to take up to two years.
Infrastructure sources have estimated the project would cost $10 billion.
Almost $50 million was allocated in last year's state budget for planning.
It has also sought funding from Infrastructure Australia for the project, which would also include stops at Arden, Parkville and Domain.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said it would be irresponsible to raise disruptions with traders when there wasn't a project brief or funding and the upheaval could be five or 10 years away.
"The disruption to the street is going to be very important to us but we are just going to have to grit our teeth...because the project is so important to all of Melbourne," Cr Doyle said.
"I am waiting until I find out what is their time frame for building it, not planning it and funding it, and that is when we will be able to go out and talk to people."
Government spokeswoman Larissa Garvin said planning included community consultation over the exact alignment to minimise disruption during building, but maximise taxpayer dollars.
"It is our aim to continue to plan this project and have it ready when funding becomes available," Ms Garvin said.
baudman wrote:Regular users would know that when headed south, after the RMIT tram stop they'd left the lane largely unmarked. The volume of car traffic is quite low, as it only gets cars coming up A'Beckett from Elizabeth, (and I'd guess the odd car headed south on Swanston, where the driver ignores the ample signage). Bikes coming off the tramstop treatment largely had the lane to themselves. This morning I spied this...
That shot is pointed north, back up Swanston. So, they've painted the bike lane that used to be there back on - pretty much. It's a shame, as it would've been a great opportunity to trial some sharrows in the city.
manning wrote:^screw that for a laugh, I'll stick to using the whole lane anyway
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