Population growth and infrastructure development in Melbourne

Craven, J, Horan, E and Goulding, R 2014, 'Population growth and infrastructure development in Melbourne', in N. Marchettini, C.A. Brebbia, R. Pulselli (ed.) Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, Siena, Italy, 23 - 25 September 2014, pp. 509-520.

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Collection: Conference Papers

Title Population growth and infrastructure development in Melbourne
Author(s) Craven, J
Horan, E
Goulding, R
Year 2014
Conference name Sustainable City 2014
Conference location Siena, Italy
Conference dates 23 - 25 September 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability
Editor(s) N. Marchettini, C.A. Brebbia, R. Pulselli
Publisher W I T Press
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 509
End page 520
Total pages 12
Abstract Melbourne's growth predictions coincide with a global shift in rural and urban populations, expecting a population increase from 4.3 to 6 million people within the next 30 years. This imminent increase places Melbourne in the category of an emerging megacity, which are front-runners in terms of economic growth, urban-development, industrial transformation, lifestyle changes and policy implementation. A common characteristic of an emerging megacity is the deliverance of infrastructure at a slower rate than the growth experienced, and so, cities such as Melbourne face severe societal issues in the near future if proactive planning management does not occur. Transport infrastructure is seen as the biggest infrastructure challenge, being a crucial aspect of employment opportunities, accessibility and ease of lifestyles. Failures in this area therefore have the ability to negatively affect the economy and functionality of a city, the environment and also alienate suburban areas. The potential for urban transport infrastructure projects such as metro, regional rail and tram, to provide a catalyst for the development and redevelopment of urban areas in European cities is examined in this paper. In addition, the successes of a rail transit development in a low density city in Perth Australia is discussed. The paper suggests that there are important lessons to be learnt from the European examples and particularly the Perth Southern railway in designing urban rail systems for making travel in dispersed cities such as Melbourne more sustainable.
Subjects Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Infrastructure development
Population growth
Transit-orientated design
DOI - identifier 10.2495/SC140431
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