Over the past few days since the release of the transport plan i've been thinking about alternatives to the Tarneit link.
From my research i have laid out 3 options that should be considered for the Werribee railway line corridoor.
My most preffered option is
option 1-Add 2 tracks between Southern Cross-Footscray,
Add 2 extra tracks between Footscray-Werribee- to do this extra room would needed to be made between Spotswood-Footscray. The railline would dip underground from Seddon Station (which will be closed) It will then run underground to Francis street and it will come back aground there. Yarraville station will be relocated underneath Somerville Road. The former rail corridoor will have development on top. To make up for the closure of Seddon Station a new extension of route 82 to the new Yarraville Station will be made. This new route will run down Hyde Street and into Somerville road. The route will terminate at Williamstown Road. Roue 86 will be extended to Spotswood station via Footscray, Geelong and Williamstown roads. These new trams will be put in place to encourage higher density development in the inner west, take pressure off the trains and allow Seddon Station to be closed with Minimun effects.
A new train line will be built from Laverton to Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing to Wyndham Vale via an elevated rail on Heaths road. The route will be built this way so Werribee Plaza can be served by rail. The Altona section will be duplicated and Williamstown services will run full time to the city.
My second option is to have all that except convert the Williamstown railway to light rail and connect it to the Spotswood tram. Williamstown residents would not commute via tram but interchange at Newport.
My third option is to just have that and close the Williamstown line.
I know many people disagree to trams in the west but i'm just trying to look at all the options so far.