VIC Transport Infrastructure Conference 2018

11-12 April 2018
Melbourne Convention
& Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria

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Day 1 - 11th April 2018
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

$1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade

 The $1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade will deliver a combination of road widening, duplications and intersection upgrades that will fix eight congested roads in the western suburbs, including:

  • Dunnings Road and Palmers Road, Point Cook Road to Princes Freeway, Point Cook
  • Palmers Road, Princes Freeway to Western Freeway, Truganina
  • Derrimut Road, Sayers Road to Dohertys Road, Tarneit
  • Leakes Road, Fitzgerald Road to Derrimut Road, Truganina
  • Dohertys Road, Fitzgerald Road to Grieve Parade, Laverton North
  • Dohertys Road Foundation Road to Palmers Road, Truganina
  • Forsyth Road/Princes Freeway, Hoppers Crossing
  • Duncans Road/Princes Freeway interchange, Werribee/Werribee South

The concession term will be over 20 years from the end of construction completion, expected for 2020.

*Phil Dreaver, Managing Director, Netflow

09:50 - 10:20

The Metro Tunnel Project – Presentation by Cross Yarra Partnership
The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.
Early works are well underway, with major construction on the tunnel and stations expected to start next year.

This presentation will cover the latest updates for this once in a generation project that is expected to increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of train lines serving Melbourne’s growth areas in the north, west and south-east.

Malcolm Macintyre, Head of Origination, Capella Capital

Malcolm Macintyre
10:20 - 10:40

The CLARA Plan: SMART Cities and High Speed Rail

CLARA’s privately-funded plan will address the widely recognised issue of over-crowding that faces Australian cities. The plan is to build new regional, compact, sustainable, smart-cities and connect them by most advanced high speed rail.

Nick Cleary, Chairman, Consolidated Land and Rail Australia - CLARA

Nick Cleary
10:40 - 11:00

Presentation by Gold Sponsor

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

West Gate Tunnel Project

The West Gate Tunnel Project is a city-shaping project that will deliver a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge, provide quicker and safer journeys, and remove thousands of trucks off residential streets.

The project will include:

  • widening the West Gate Freeway 
  • a tunnel from the West Gate Freeway to the Maribyrnong River and the Port of Melbourne which will take motorists and trucks underground and off residential streets, providing a more efficient freight route.
  • a bridge over the Maribyrnong River, linking to an elevated road along Footscray Road will get people to where they need to go in the CBD north.
  • state-of-the-art smart technology across the length of the project linking it to other freeway management systems across the city.

*Peter Sammut, Chief Executive Officer, Western Distributor Authority

11:50 - 12:10

Port Transport Initiatives

Brendan Bourke, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Melbourne

Brendan Bourke
12:10 - 12:30

Inland Rail – Latest Updates

  • Inland Rail is an investment in strategic infrastructure for the future, providing capacity to serve the east coast freight market for the next century. This landmark project is expected to be an important contributor to national productivity by reducing train operating costs and improving service standards.
  • Inland Rail is expected to address the growing freight task by helping to move freight transport off the congested road network and will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and southern Australia, including Adelaide and Perth, ensuring resilience and greater flexibility for the existing rail network and allowing freight travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne to bypass the busy Sydney network.

Simon Thomas, Program Director – Inland Rail, ARTC

Simon Thomas
12:30 - 13:00

Lessons from Japan: Connectivity and Agglomeration Benefits of High Speed Rail and How These Might Apply in Australia

Shohei Yoshida, General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company

Shohei Yoshida
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Reshaping the Future of Cities with Autonomous Vehicles

  • Driverless vehicles for Victoria
  • Challenges and opportunities in an Integrated transportation network

The state government will move to allow highly automated vehicles to be driven on public roads under organised trial conditions, in changes to the Road Safety Act.

La Trobe and Melbourne University, Transurban and a swathe of luxury manufacturers have already been granted permission to trial autonomous vehicles on private land or on sealed off public land.

Stuart Ballingall, Director – Transport Futures, VicRoads

Stuart Ballingall
14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion

Tackling Congestion in Melbourne: Road User Pricing the way to go?

  • Emerging transport challenges in a growing Melbourne
  • Legislative Changes to Support Road Pricing Reform
  • How road user pricing is likely to impact on transport behaviour
  • Role of Technology in Managing Congestion
  • Comprehensive transport network pricing regime for roads and public transport

Panel Moderated by:
Dr. Alan Davies, Editor, The Urbanist, Crikey

*Alyssa Serafim, Principal Infrastructure Advisor, Infrastructure Victoria
David Warren, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Dr. Charles A. Karl, National Technical Leader, ARRB Group
*Leslie A. Martin, Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Melbourne

David Warren Dr. Charles A. Karl
15:10 - 15:30

Intelligent Transportation for Smart Cities

Decision makers and leaders who run our complex cities are increasingly recognizing the role of technologies in improving the efficiency of existing infrastructure and sweating of assets through better utilization of available infrastructure.  Smart cities of the future will include advanced network operations management and control systems that utilize field sensors to detect and respond quickly to equipment and infrastructure faults

  • How Smart cities can benefit from an Intelligent Transportation Network

Associate Professor Hussein Dia, Program Leader – Future Urban Mobility, Smart Cities Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Associate Professor Hussein Dia
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Public Policy Considerations Regarding the Melbourne Airport Rail Project

  • Melbourne Airport is the only east coast capital city airport NOT to have a rail link despite doubling to almost 5 million population since 1965, (when rail and Tulla freeway were first mooted), and doubling again to 8-10 million by 2050.
  • Almost 6m o/s tourists and 6 million locals outbound last year, plus 9 million interstate visitors, contribute to 35 million pax in 17, and forecast to be 65m in 2033.  20% of travellers should use express rail, 20% buses and 60% cars, ie 52m will still  be on the Tulla in 15 years.
  • No modern rail link to our only International Gateway is already impacting  productivity and quality of life. All Nth/West Councils, C’tee for Melb, RACV, SkyBus, VTIC and the Airlines/Airport are united in arguing strongly for a C21st airport rail link because road congestion is unacceptable  now, and a million extra residents will only add to this, noting 90% of Tulla traffic at Bulla Rd is non airport now. Slow Rail is needed for N/W “jobs corridor”.
  • An Airport line to the CBD and South is our chance to secure the many benefits of a modern, green, mass transit system. This presentation will highlight why, as a matter of sound public policy, a fast, hi-frequency direct rail link is vital for the Liveability and Visitability of Melbourne.

Peter O' Brien, Director, Skylink RapidTransit Pty Ltd

Peter O' Brien
16:20 - 16:40

Improving Supply Chain Efficiency in Victoria

The Australian Logistics Council estimates a 1% increase in efficiency inthe logistics sector would boost GDP by $2 billion. ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff, will discuss some of the steps that need to be taken to achieve this efficiency dividend in Victoria, including the provision of appropriate national infrastructure in Melbourne, supporting short haul rail and recycling the proceeds from assets sales back into productive logistics infrastructure. Mr Kilgariff will also discuss the need for a national regulatory framework to underpin the seamless transportation of freight across Australia.

*Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council

16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 12th April 2018
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 10:00

Removal of Level Crossings Project

Over the course of eight years the Level Crossing Removal Authority will oversee the removal of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne.

Several level crossings have already been removed with many more in construction, planning and early consultation.The Level Crossing Removal Authority is overseeing the delivery of the project, ensuring that level crossings are removed in a coordinated and efficient manner.

  • Major works and Latest Project Updates

Allen Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Level Crossing Removal Authority

Allen Garner
10:00 - 10:30

Ministerial Address

Hon Luke Donnellan MP, Minister for Ports, Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Victoria

Hon Luke Donnellan MP
10:30 - 10:50

Ministerial Address

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects, Victoria

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:50

Address by Transport for Victoria

  • Transport for Victoria is a new transport agency that is coordinating Victoria's growing transport system and planning for its future.
  • Transport for Victoria brings together the planning, managing and coordinating of Victoria's transport system and its agencies, including VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria.

Transport for Victoria will also plan for the future of Victoria's transport system, ensuring it grows as the community, economy and technology changes.

Gillian Miles, Head, Transport for Victoria

11:50 - 12:20

$518 million Ballarat Line Upgrade Project

  • The Labor Government’s half-a-billion dollar upgrade will transform train services in Ballarat, Melton and Melbourne’s west, creating space for more trains, that run more often on the Ballarat line.
  • The project will duplicate a 17km section of single track between Deer Park West and Melton, paving the way for future electrification of the line to Melton.
  • It will also duplicate a three kilometre section of track east of Warrenheip, build new crossing loops and create new train stabling at Melton and Rowsley to support more frequent, reliable services.
12:20 - 12:50

Station Designs for the $600 million Mernda Rail Extension Project

  • The project will build eight kilometres of new train line between South Morang and Mernda and three new state-of-the-art stations at Hawkstowe, Marymede and Mernda with up to 2,000 car spaces and new walking and cycling paths.
  • Global architecture firm Grimshaw will design three new stations for the Mernda Rail Extension Project. Grimshaw will work with John Holland who has been awarded the contract to construct the project.
  • The Mernda Rail Extension is set to create around 1,200 direct jobs – including 600 during construction – and 1,800 indirect jobs in local businesses and industries supporting the project.

Neil Stonell, Partner, Grimshaw

Neil Stonell
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

North East Link Project

  • North East Link is a new freeway to complete the missing link in Melbourne's road network.
  • North East Link will finally connect Melbourne's freeway network between the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

*Duncan Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, North East Link Authority

14:10 - 14:30

Increasing Cycling Participation in Victoria: Showcasing the Latest Developments in Cycling across Australia’s Regional Cycling Capital, Bendigo

Trevor Budge, Manager – Regional Sustainable Development, City of Greater Bendigo

Trevor Budge
14:30 - 15:00

High Capacity Metro Trains Project

  • The Victorian Government is investing $2.3 billion in 65 next-generation high capacity trains for the metropolitan network. The high capacity metro trains will first run on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019. Longer term the entire fleet will run through the Metro Tunnel to Sunbury.
  • Capable of carrying 20 per cent more passengers than existing trains, and equipped with the latest technology, the new trains will offer a turn-up-and-go service.
  • The Victorian Government has entered into a contract with Evolution Rail via a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. Evolution Rail comprises Downer, CRRC and Plenary.

*Ian Sturdy, Project Director – HCMT project, Transport for Victoria

15:00 - 15:45

Future Transport Planning for Victoria – Women in Transport panel

  • Coordinating Victoria’s growing transport system and planning for its future
  • Integrating future transport and land use to meet 21st-century goals of sustainability and social equity.
  • Emerging technology developments impacting customer mobility: automated mass transit, connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and aerial mobility
  • The Victorian Government’s Women in Transport program

Panel Moderated by:
Martine Letts, CEO, Committee for Melbourne

Amy Child, Associate, Arup
*Anita Curnow, Executive Director – Access and Operations, VicRoads
*Celia Pollard, Director – Sector Development, Major Transport Infrastructure program, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia

Amy Child Susan Harris
15:45 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:20


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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11-12 April 2018

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