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Metro bans V/Line trains from city after train fails to trigger boom gates

Adam Carey Metro has blocked V/Line trains from running on Melbourne's metropolitan rail network after a V/Line train failed to trigger boom gates at a highway level crossing near Dandenong on Friday.

V/Line trains forced out of service by mysterious wheel fault

V/Line trains

Adam Carey Regional rail operator V/Line has been forced to pull many of its newest trains out of service because of a sudden and mysterious spate of wheel faults.

Watchdog's myki review targets on-the-spot fines, heavy-handed inspectors

The myki ticketing system has been the number one source of complaints to the Public Transport Ombudsman.

Adam Carey Victoria's Ombudsman has launched an investigation into the myki enforcement regime, after receiving almost 500 complaints from public transport users in a little more than a year. 

Tram lane blues: the road rule Melburnians habitually ignore

 A tram is stuck in traffic between Alexandra Parade and Queens Pde on Smith St.

Adam Carey They might be the most ineffectual traffic signs on Melbourne's roads: peak-hour tram lanes are in place on dozens of busy inner suburban streets to keep other vehicles out of the path of trams.

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Elevated rail could run through Melbourne's south-east in level crossing project

Elevated train tracks would not be a new departure for the Melbourne network.

Adam Carey Melbourne's busiest railway line could be rebuilt on a viaduct with trains running above street level through the city's south-east.

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Victorians 'need to stop talking about the road toll'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18:  Alan Zimmer who lost his arm in a motorbike accident  while riding on Pasternose rd in Emerald poses for a photo at the location of the accident on December 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media)

Adam Carey Alan Zimmer was winding through the Dandenong Ranges, just 20 minutes into a two-week motorbiking holiday, when a learner driver in a 4WD coming the other way rounded the bend too wide, crossed the...

Track faults on Melbourne's rail network a safety risk, union claims

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union claims track faults on Melbourne's rail network are a safety risk.

Adam Carey Metro track inspectors have identified hundreds of serious track faults on Melbourne's rail network, some of which have been left unfixed for more than two years, in internal documents that again...

Wider Shepherd Bridge to deliver cyclists to safer trails

The first stage of the West Gate Distributor project includes Shepherd Bridge over the Maribyrnong River will be widened to six lanes and strengthened to improve traffic flow, increase capacity and reduce bottlenecks. Photo supplied

Adam Carey The shared use of Footscray's crowded Shepherd Bridge by thousands of trucks and cyclists - an arrangement favoured by neither - is set to end.

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River could be dammed, high-voltage towers moved for Transurban's toll road

The Maribyrnong river in Footscray may be dammed while the Western Distributor is built.

Adam Carey The Maribyrnong River and Moonee Ponds Creek could be partially dammed while two bridges are built across them as part of a new toll road through Melbourne's west, planning documents show.

RACV challenges fairness of Melbourne's most lucrative red light camera

Prolific: The red light camera at the junction of Cemetery Road West and Royal Parade in Parkville.

Adam Carey Melbourne's most prolific red light camera is at an intersection where the traffic signals stand beyond the line of sight of approaching motorists, potentially raising the risk that drivers will run...

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Metro hopes to avert train meltdowns with new monitoring system for hot days

Metro has adopted a new heat strategy for its rail network.

Adam Carey Metro has a new strategy to beat the heat this summer that it hopes will result in fewer train delays and cancellations on days of meltingly hot weather.

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Myki enforcement regime under review: more than 40,000 fines challenged

The problem-plagued Myki technology - the fare enforcement regime is to undergo a review.

Cameron Houston, Rania Spooner, Adam Carey The enforcement of Victoria's problem-plagued myki technology is the subject of an immediate government review, amid widespread concerns that the ticketing system cannot withstand legal scrutiny and...

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Port Phillip Council votes to turn St Kilda's Acland Street into open-air pedestrian mall with tram super-stop

The view down Acland Street.

Adam Carey St Kilda's Acland Street will be permanently converted into a pedestrian mall this winter after Port Phillip councillors voted unanimously to strip the street of parking spaces and shut its southern...

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Comment: Melbourne's west needs the Distributor, but it needs better rail too

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Adam Carey So Melbourne will finally get a second freeway crossing over the river, almost 40 years after the first one was built. The city's population has grown from about 2 million to more than 4.

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Melbourne to get new western suburbs toll road

The Western Distributor Project could be partly paid for by extending existing tollways for up to 13 years.

Richard Willingham, Josh Gordon, Clay Lucas, Adam Carey Melbourne's west will get a $5.5 billion new road, to be built by Transurban, the state government has announced.

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Port of Melbourne lease in the balance as hostile opposition demands changes

Mega container ships could skip Melbourne within 20 years because they cannot safely pass beneath the West Gate Bridge.

Adam Carey A proposal to compensate the private operator of Melbourne's port if a second port is developed within the next 50 years risks damaging Victoria's economy in the long-term and must be stripped from...

Flagstaff station to open seven days a week from January 1

Trains will begin to stop at Flagstaff station on weekends from January.

Adam Carey Trains will begin to stop at Flagstaff station on weekends from New Year's Day, ending the outdated practice of bypassing the City Loop station that services the CBD's booming north-west.  

Trucks trump tracks in Melbourne port traffic

Adam Carey A record almost 2.58 billion tonnes of container traffic moved through Melbourne's port in 2014-15, mostly on city roads as rail's share of container traffic fell from 12.7 per cent to 9.4 per cent.

Bike law handbook aims to take the heat and confusion out of sharing the road

Confusion about the road rules for cyclists create potential for conflict and unsafe behaviour on the roads.

Adam Carey How well do you know the state's cycling road rules?

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The confidential deal that secured four Melbourne train stations a spot on Monopoly board

Monopoly Melbourne edition, ready for Christmas this year. 3rd of March 2015 The Age  news Picture by Joe Armao

Adam Carey Have Monopoly's licence-holders been handed a wad of money from the community chest?