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 other conference attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

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.

Wendy McMillan, CEO - Rolling Stock Development Division, Transport for Victoria

Wendy McMillan
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 all most complete, with major construction on the tunnel and stations underway. 
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 the most advanced high speed rail.

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

Nick Cleary
10:40 - 11:00

Know First, Be First, Profit First - Moving Victoria Forward into the Future
According to the World Economic Forum - every industry globally is undergoing a massive system-wide shift, they call it "The Fourth Industrial Revolution". They say that many people in transport and infrastructure are "mostly oblivious" to the change and lack a plan to deal with these driving forces.
In this mind-blowing presentation, Craig Rispin - Business Futurist, will show you the trends shifting transport and infrastructure around the world. See the incredible opportunities we have to create an ideal transport future in Victoria.
What You’ll Learn:

  • What Roads, Rail, Transport, Airports and Intelligent Transport Could Be in the Future
  • The Business, People and Technology Trends Transforming Transport and Infrastructure
  • The Mindset and the Intelligent Systems to Manage this Massive Change

Craig Rispin, Business Futurist & Innovation Expert, The Future Trends Group

Craig Rispin
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, that 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.

David Clements, Program Director – Major Projects Victoria, Transurban

David Clements
11:50 - 12:10

Port Transport Initiatives

  • Port of Melbourne’s 50 year lease provides certainty for all port users. The focus of the business is to work with all stakeholders to make Port of Melbourne an efficient and trusted trade gateway.
  • A vibrant and growing port is crucial for supporting Victoria’s economic growth and our role is to engage with industry on the total port supply chain and invest in projects that facilitate trade growth.
  • he port will actively support the development of rail, particularly rail shuttles to key metropolitan locations, as well as key road infrastructure developments to help alleviate traffic congestion and improve the efficiency of the supply chain.

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

Japan's Experience - How High Speed Rail Could Benefit Australia

Shohei Yoshida, General Manager, Central Japan Railway Company

Shohei Yoshida
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Preparing for Automated Vehicles On Our Roads

  • Emerging vehicle technologies will require changes to the regulatory and operational frameworks relating to road transport.
  • Regulatory reform is occurring to support trials and future market deployment of self-driving vehicles.
  • Physical and digital infrastructure changes may be needed to better support future vehicles and use cases.
  • There will also be implications for traffic planning and operations, although accurate predictions are challenging.
  • A flexible, adaptive approach to planning and reform will be necessary.

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

Anna Wilson, Economist, Frontier Economics
Catherine Rooney, Chief Economic & Commercial Adviser, Infrastructure Victoria
David Warren, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Dr. Charles A. Karl, National Technical Leader, ARRB Group

Anna Wilson Catherine Rooney David Warren Dr. Charles A. Karl
15:10 - 15:30

Digital innovations and disruptive mobility - hype or reality?
The 2020s are predicted to be a decade of transformation for urban mobility. There are at least six forces that are expected to disrupt the urban mobility landscape in the coming years. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy, through to vehicle electrification, mobile computing, the Internet of Things and blockchain technologies, each of these trends is quite significant on its own. But the convergence and coming together of their disruptive forces is what will create real value and provide urban mobility innovations. Once converged, they will enhance the travel experience for millions of people and businesses every day.
But how will the future of transport look with autonomous on-demand shared electric vehicles? Will personal ownership of cars decline, giving way to uber-style fleet-operated shared vehicles? Will mobility be offered as a subscription service? Will we still be allowed to drive in the future? And are we edging closer to a utopian vision of “zero accidents, zero emissions, and zero car ownership”? How do we prepare for the coming transport revolution?

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

Innovative Approaches to Financing Infrastructure Projects for a Growing Victoria

Case study: Financing of the A$1.8 billion Western Roads Upgrade public private partnership (PPP)

  • The Western Roads Upgrade is a state government public-private partnership (PPP) that will involve eight priority road projects.
  • As part of the PPP deal, it will be the first road development and maintenance contract to be delivered in Australia through an availability-payment-style public-private partnership.
  • As part of the upgrade, contractors will set about widening and duplicating road lanes, as well as deliver maintenance of a wider network of more than 800-kilometre lanes in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

James Dixon, Associate Director, Origination, Plenary Group

James Dixon
16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 12th April 2018
08:50 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

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

10:00 - 10:30

Level Crossings Removal Project – Latest Updates

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
10:30 - 11:00

Ministerial Address

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

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Address by Transport for Victoria
Transport for Victoria (TfV) brings together the planning, management and coordination of Victoria's transport systems and its agencies, including VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria.The presentation will focus on TfV's approach to policy, planning and delivery of the transport system during a time of record investment through the Major Transport Infrastructure Program.

Michael Hopkins, Deputy Head, Policy and Reform, Transport for Victoria

Michael Hopkins
11:50 - 12:10

Welcome to the New Era of Construction Software Productivity

  • Benefits of paperless job sites
  • How to choose your software
  • How going “paperless in the field” contributes to overall positive impact to the bottom line of the project

Scott Harvey, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Scott Harvey
12:10 - 12:30

What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us... Our Transport Legacy from Ancient Rome

  • As well as being one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen, Rome has bequeathed a stunning array of infrastructure that we use and often take for granted. Transport infrastructure was vital for the control of both that land and sea – and it is worth remembering that the legacies from the Romans will continue to be manifest in what we build and create for Victoria’s exciting future growth.

Warren Harrison, Victorian Market Leader - Transport, GHD

Warren Harrison
12:30 - 12:50

The $600-million Mernda Rail Extension - designing the Stations of a Semi-Rural Community

The Mernda Rail Extension will improve people’s lives, connecting one of Victoria’s fastest growing communities to employment, education and other vital opportunities. With three new stations situated along 8km of new duplicated rail line between South Morang station and Mernda, the project respects the greenfield site while promoting vibrant communities in the outer suburbs of northeast Melbourne.

Neil Stonell will present Grimshaw’s approach to designing resilient station plans, and will explore:

  • The overall Urban Design approach for the Mernda line extension and role of place making.
  • The challenges and benefits of an integrated design within the civil engineering.
  • Detailed Urban Design approach for each station, including the design intent, creation of public space, customer experience and amenity to local residents.
  • Working closely with stakeholders and the UDAP process.   
  • Planning for change and the future town centre.

Neil Stonell, Partner, Grimshaw

Neil Stonell
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

A Passenger and Freight Network for the 21st Century

In recent years Victoria has attained a dominant position in the delivery of major transport infrastructure. But it must never be forgotten that without both a strategic rationale and a comprehensive service plan, the substantial funds committed to infrastructure investment can be partly or wholly wasted. A transport solution is not a line on a map so much as a living, breathing network. Strategic interventions aimed at boosting capacity, making connections and speeding up journeys across the entire network, rather than a focus on individual links, promise to dramatically improve mobility outcomes for passengers and freight as Melbourne and Victoria grow into the future. This presentation takes stock of current government initiatives and makes some critical recommendations for future network development.

Dr. Tony Morton, President, Public Transport Users Association (PTUA)

Dr. Tony Morton
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

Improving the Sustainability of Melbourne’s Urban Freight System

Due to increased levels of population growth, congestion and disruption as well as the growth of e-Commerce, distribution systems in Australia’s major cities face many challenges that are threatening their efficiency, reliability and sustainability.

This presentation will outline a number of City Logistics initiatives aimed at reducing the total costs (including economic, social and environmental) associated with urban distribution. Local and overseas experiences from implementing innovative schemes including urban consolidation centres, loading dock booking systems, off-hour deliveries and smart lockers will be described.

A/Professor Russell Thompson, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

A/Professor Russell Thompson
15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion:
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
Emilie van de Graaff, Director, Passenger & Network Innovation, Yarra Trams
Kate Roffey, Director City Economy, Innovation & Liveability, Wyndham City Council
Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia

Martine Letts Amy Child Emilie van de Graaff Kate Roffey 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

Melbourne Convention
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Melbourne, Victoria



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