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Sunshine to Melbourne
Airport Rail Corridor
Urban Design Principles
February 2020

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Sunshine to Melbourne Airport Rail Corridor Urban Design Principles
The following 3 key Urban Design Principles have been prepared to guide the
development of rail projects being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) along the
Melbourne Airport Rail (MAR) corridor. These principles supplement the Urban Design
Principles for the Sunshine Station Precinct and the Albion Station Precinct, focusing on
the issues and imperatives for the corridor outside these town centre sites.
These Draft Principles have been prepared to establish a consistent message from
Council, which will be tested and updated in line with the Community’s expectations of
the project. Once finalised, the Principles will establish a consistent message and provide
certainty to the design and delivery teams when negotiating appropriate outcomes along
the corridor.

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1. Provide parallel
and cross
and minimise
barrier effects.
Ensure that the regionally significant Sydenham Shared Use Path
from Footscray to Watergardens is incorporated along the eastern
side of the corridor with a dedicated crossing of the MAR line at St
Albans Road.
Ensure that a regional cycle path is provided along the MAR Line
from Albion to Tullamarine.
Ensure that high quality regional cycle link connections across the
rail corridor are provided to align with the current and planned
Ensure that continuous parallel pedestrian paths and linkages are
provided along both sides of the rail line.
Ensure that new and upgraded pedestrian linkages across the rail
corridor are located and designed as part of an integrated public
realm network.
Ensure that local cycle connections across the Line are provided at
all current and possible future station locations.
Retain and upgrade existing at-grade pedestrian connections across
the railway line.
Ensure that cross-corridor connectivity is increased along the
Ensure that new infrastructure minimises the barrier effect of the
rail corridor on cross corridor movement.
Ensure that new infrastructure minimises the visual impact of the
rail corridor on its surroundings.
Ensure that new infrastructure minimises and does not exacerbate
the acoustic impacts of rail on the existing and future surrounding
2. Treat new
bridges, and
noise walls to
ensure quality
urban design
outcomes for
design quality,
heritage, and
Ensure the design and treatment of noise walls, new flyovers,
embankments, bridges, substations and compounds are considered
holistically, responding to local character and as part of an
overarching urban design strategy.
Ensure a high-quality, contextually responsive landscape and noise
wall design is delivered along the full corridor.
Ensure that the design of a new rail bridge parallel to the Albion
Trestle (Maribrynong Viaduct) is sympathetic to the heritage and
aesthetic values of the structure.
Ensure that new rail tracks and associated works adjacent to the
Matthews Hill grassland reserve maintains the ecological, historical
and culturally significant aspects of the site.
Ensure a wayfinding strategy is integrated in the corridor design.
Ensure a minimum of 30% canopy cover to the public realm,
minimising the removal of existing vegetation along the corridor
and maximising replacement and infill planting along the corridor.
Ensure all new landscaping and tree planting is designed and
installed to ensure long-term survival, taking into account
foreseeable additional infrastructure and climate change scenarios.
Ensure Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is integrated in all
aspects of the project.
Ensure Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design (BSUD) is integrated in
all aspects of the project.

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3. Future proof
and maximize
urban renewal
along the line
Take a pro-active and “whole of government” approach to
assembling land in a way which catalyses investment and
regeneration along the corridor.
Future proof potential (Suburban Rail Loop) station and corridor
opportunities and associated future road and pedestrian grade
separated crossings.
Consult and communicate clearly with potentially affected
community members and established community groups as part of
the design development process.