What's with the track work at Oakleigh station

 
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
I don't know where it was covered, but during the this period of track shutdown for Hughesdale-Caulfield Skyrail there was major trackwork at Oakleigh involving new overhead, sleepers etc. At one point the piles of fixed broadgauge concrete sleepers filled the taxi rank carpark & the other being used for workers vehicles & site shed.

The thing that has me concerned is did they remove the capability of using Oakleigh as a turnback?

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  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

No.

Trailing crossovers at either end.

See here.

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2104532.htm#2104532
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Oakleigh Platform 1 and the sidings have been removed as part of the CTD (Skyrail) project. This is to rationalise the amount of pointwork and other under-utilised and/or maintenance-intensive infrastructure along the Dandenong corridor. The removal of Platform 1 will also be used to improve pedestrian access to Platform 2 from the southern side of the station.

The mainline crossovers between Platforms 2 &3 have been relaid along with all of the retained track. See http://vicsig.net/infrastructure/line/pakenham for the line overview illustrating these changes (a proper signal diagram at VicSig or Signal Diagrams & Photos will turn up eventually).

The infrastructure at Westall will be used more intensively for turnbacks and express-local train overtaking moves.
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Right. And of cause if they get around to triple/quadding, some of what they pulled out will have to be redone.
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Right. And of cause if they get around to triple/quadding, some of what they pulled out will have to be redone.
ARodH
And the contempt for outer suburban and Gippsland users continues.
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

Right. And of cause if they get around to triple/quadding, some of what they pulled out will have to be redone.
And the contempt for outer suburban and Gippsland users continues.
skitz
That was ripped out long ago. Should've been done as part of CD9, with new stations being two side platforms with space in the middle for two more tracks. It's gonna be a clusterf**k to do now.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

While I understand the (retrospective) case for quadding at the same time as crossing removal, the scope of the project was very clear and it's not like a whole lot of existing infrastructure could have been used anyway. Furthermore, the LXRA has repeatedly stated that nothing they have built would need to be demolished for a quad track. They are not quite as blind as some on these pages seem to believe.
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

While I understand the (retrospective) case for quadding at the same time as crossing removal, the scope of the project was very clear and it's not like a whole lot of existing infrastructure could have been used anyway. Furthermore, the LXRA has repeatedly stated that nothing they have built would need to be demolished for a quad track. They are not quite as blind as some on these pages seem to believe.
potatoinmymouth
Look at the 5 new stations. Where exactly are the two extra tracks going to go? On the outside. Where is there space for two new tracks with the new setup? On the inside.

It's gonna be a heck of a job to retrofit two additional tracks to this corridor now, they have not made it easy.

I see no reason why the stations could not have been two side platforms, with room for two tracks in the middle, and the beams between stations designed to carry two tracks each.

It doesn't really matter what the LXRA's aim or agenda is. The government should not be penny wise and pound foolish for the sake of bureaucracy, unfortunately that seems to be the way it is these days.
  712M Chief Commissioner

The level crossing removals were only ever designed to benefit road users. Any benefit for rail passengers would be purely coincidental. The line was congested before the crossing removals, and the line will be congested long into the future, even with new trains and signalling. Yet the government decided to spend squillions on widening the Monash Freeway once again, and low and behold travel times have now INCREASED on this corridor! Its no wonder the real estate in the outer South East is some of the cheapest in Melbourne...

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