While the term "transportation infrastructure" usually conjures up images of highways and railway lines or bridges and tunnels, vertical transit facilities are becoming increasingly important even in spacious, land-rich nations such as Australia, given the increasing density of major urban centres and the proliferation of high-rise property developments.

Here is a rundown of some of the most eye-catching and remarkable innovations to emerge recently in the field of vertical transit systems: The World’s Largest Spiral Escalator The developers of the Shanghai New World Daimaru Store have made the world’s largest spiral escalator the centrepiece of their new shopping mall’s main atrium….