Just been through Clifton Hill on the Down this morning, there is nowhere near enough clearance to run the Up South Morang line over the Down Hurstbridge due to both the road bridge and the distance from the junction to the station.
This is what I assume they mean by Untangling Clifton Hill, it is this single crossover that causes all the delays, Dn South Morang is fine, it is just a deviation from the Dn Hurstbridge after the station and Up Hurstbridge is also OK as the Up SM doesn't join it till after the junction (they run parallel for a short distance).
The East side station building and platform are a modern-ish rebuild and ripe for demolition and rebuilding as an island, the old canopy could be re-used as it is a stand alone structure by the looks of it.
I will watch developments here with interest as even though I won't be using Vic Park regularly after next month this has been my hood for the best part of 30 years.
Have been through Clifton Hill many times and have often dreamed of how it can be sorted out...
What about reducing the width the two current platforms and putting an island in between? 4 tracks running directly into the station with the Mernda Up going over the Hurstbridge Down on the South side. The actual location of the platforms could be moved North if there needed to be more space for the flyover to the South.
If they were super clever they could even remove the Ramsden St LX as part of the process.