* The new platforms at South Yarra and Spencer Street will be underground. The Spencer St platforms will link to Flagstaff, underground all the way. (0.30)
* The airport line will connect to the Cranbourne / Pakenham line (0.45)
* The main goal of the project is to relieve "constrained capacity in the inner core of the urban rail network". (1.30 - 2.35)
* Melbourne's rail network will be made up of six through routed lines, each operating on separate tracks. (2.40 - 3.20)
1. Sunbury / Airport to Cranbourne / Pakenham
2. Frankston to Lilydale / belgrave. Running through new tunnels via Domain and Montague to the loop at Spencer St (bypassing Flinders St)
3. Werribee / Williamstown to Sandringham
4. Craigieburn / Upfield loop line
5. South Morang / Hurstridge loop line
6. Glen Waverley direct line
* This increased capacity will allow for future extensions to places like Rowville, etc. as well as the capacity for more diesel trains between the city and Dandenong (3.25)
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Overall, while it's not perfect, this is a fairly good plan. The concept of largely autonomous lines, each using their own set of tracks is especially appealing as it means that disruptions will be confined to one grouping of lines rather than causing chaos throughout the wider network.
Now watch the short video. Regardless of which "political team" you barrack for, try and watch it with an open mind.