Flinders St > Casino > South Melbourne > Albert Park > St. Kilda
Single Track 3 car trains from platform 11.
- Allows Werribee and Willamstown trains to use Platform 11 in peak hour
- Allows easier access to south Melbourne
Having a train to St Kilda would be useful again.
What about the Outer Circle as well? Surely trams would be a better option for the Alamein line than the current shuttles running every half an hour off-peak; Alamein services are rarely full even in peak for that matter.
Why dont they kick the trams out, plan the tunnel from Southern Cross to Montague and join it back up with the old line, giving 3 extra stations already built. and permanent way already there. Then at Albert Park go underground again have a station near St kilda junction and bring it out between Sth Yarra and Hawksburn joining up to the Caulfied through lines. I call it re use. If they want to join the Frankston line up to the Belgrave and Lilydale lines then there will be no need to have 6 tracks between South yarra and Richmond. So instead of paying for great long tunnel, you can have two short tunnels with a reused asset in between.
Direct Access to Flinders Street Station, without having to change trams and and take an extra 10 minutes.
So next time think before you post.
Ah. but the number 96 tram that currently uses the route gives direct access to Spencer Street Station, so that counters your line. In fact it also passes major visitor destinations like Jeff's Shed and Crown too. As Spencer St is the base for country trains and buses, it's actually more useful than Flinders St!
I'd like to congratulate you for single-handedly coming up with a Melbourne Metro tunnel proposal that is less grounded in reality than even the Napthine Government's proposal.
It makes no sense from both a civil construction and public transport delivery perspective. Firstly, you're talking about turning a pair of tunnels into 4 tunnels, requiring at worst 4 Tunnel Boring Machines. The northern tunnels are perhaps 2-2.5 kilometres long and has a 1-in-70 gradient going from the south edge of the Yarra River to City Rd, with a similar gradient at the north side of Southern Cross after about 700 metres of reasonably flat gradient. Your second tunnel makes no sense - you want it to effectively do a U-turn from... St Kilda Junction? Towards South Yarra/Hawksburn? After entering the tunnel at the northern end of Albert Park? You appear to be geographically impaired. Go and actually look at the area on Google Maps and think about your proposal again before you come back.
From a public transport perspective, you're proposing to remove a local access service (St Kilda Light Rail) by removing the middle half of its alignment and putting in its place a long distance, high-capacity commuter rail line. Those two service models are very much opposed.