50 level crossings to be removed

 
  Lockie91 Chief Train Controller

I thought they'd remove the crossing at Melton with the hybrid method - mostly by raising the rails, but also by lowering the road.
Gauntlet
Its prime for an elevated station. Land underneath can be used for parking, bus interchange and public plaza.

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  doyle Assistant Commissioner

That public Plaza idea would be great for the meth heads
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

No no just joking
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

I would imagine that if elevated is the go then not only station Rd but coburns would go as well
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
"There was a large community campaign for Melton to get the same upgrades as Ballan and Bacchus Marsh with the Ballarat Line upgrade which all fell on deaf ears."

Well Melton station is being upgraded as part of the stations listed to be upgraded as part of the COVID economical response. So I wouldn't say it's being ignored at all.
True Believers
Do you have a source for that? I'm not doubting it, but I can't find Melton station being listed separately anywhere but a press release from the mayor.

And those Covid projects are largely minor maintenance work, e.g. painting, repaving, plastering, not significant upgrades like a new overpass or station entrance.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

"There was a large community campaign for Melton to get the same upgrades as Ballan and Bacchus Marsh with the Ballarat Line upgrade which all fell on deaf ears."

Well Melton station is being upgraded as part of the stations listed to be upgraded as part of the COVID economical response. So I wouldn't say it's being ignored at all.
Do you have a source for that? I'm not doubting it, but I can't find Melton station being listed separately anywhere but a press release from the mayor.

And those Covid projects are largely minor maintenance work, e.g. painting, repaving, plastering, not significant upgrades like a new overpass or station entrance.
TOQ-1
I spent trying to find the source as well. My memory was there was a link on twitter showing the train stations included in the COVID response.

All I can find is the press release stating very non specifically at "repairs at more than 15  train stations". https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/building-works-more-jobs-for-victorians/

On the Herald Sun, link is paywall so I won't link that. It goes into a little more detail, stating: "$23.3 million will be used to upgrade 15 railway stations and stops with new toilets, better seats and improved disability access."

And 9 news doesn't go into detail either. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1165172763817720

Stations I can remember that were listed included Melton, South Kensington and a few others. I wish I screenshot the link so I can look at it. It's too hard to bury through tweets and other social media stuff.

I'm not sure if in the state government presser they stated the stations they were looking into. I'm mostly sure that Melton station is going to receive that upgrade in that funding I've noted. I wish I could prove it, but I really can't find the source.
  EmrldPhoenix Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
I spent trying to find the source as well. My memory was there was a link on twitter showing the train stations included in the COVID response.

All I can find is the press release stating very non specifically at "repairs at more than 15  train stations". https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/building-works-more-jobs-for-victorians/

On the Herald Sun, link is paywall so I won't link that. It goes into a little more detail, stating: "$23.3 million will be used to upgrade 15 railway stations and stops with new toilets, better seats and improved disability access."

And 9 news doesn't go into detail either. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1165172763817720

Stations I can remember that were listed included Melton, South Kensington and a few others. I wish I screenshot the link so I can look at it. It's too hard to bury through tweets and other social media stuff.

I'm not sure if in the state government presser they stated the stations they were looking into. I'm mostly sure that Melton station is going to receive that upgrade in that funding I've noted. I wish I could prove it, but I really can't find the source.
While I can't find an actual reliable source on it, the Building Works package will apparently upgrade the following 15 stations; North Geelong, Kilmore East, Lara, Melton, North Shore, Broadford, Aircraft, Heathmont, Huntingdale, Anstey, Moonee Ponds, Royal Park, Jordanville, Footscray, and South Kensington.

https://www.reddit.com/r/MelbourneTrains/comments/gnm8ce/the_state_government_has_recently_announced/

I've looked around and apart from this Reddit post, I can't seem to find any details on the full announcement.

I did a specific search for Melton station and came up with this article.

https://meltonmoorabool.starweekly.com.au/news/melton-station-boost/
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
"$23.3 million will be used to upgrade 15 railway stations and stops with new toilets, better seats and improved disability access."
Somebody
$23.3 Million across 15 railway stations will not buy all that much per station. Yes, there will be improvements, but don't expect any major capital works, just upgraded seating, maybe some re-surfacing or some replacement fencing. Some stations may be lucky and get some extra car spaces.

As for Melton specifically, don't expect too much to be done there as a part of this upgrade. It will most likely just be an upgrade to what is now platform 1 (previously known as platform 2) as a stop gap measure before we see some major reconstruction work as a part of the upcoming and as yet still un-announced electrification program.

This is still a good thing, the current platform 1 (which nearly all trains for Melbourne depart from) is in a very sorry state, and not up to the job.
  doyle Assistant Commissioner

Only the one entry and exit on platform one
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

"$23.3 million will be used to upgrade 15 railway stations and stops with new toilets, better seats and improved disability access."
$23.3 Million across 15 railway stations will not buy all that much per station. Yes, there will be improvements, but don't expect any major capital works, just upgraded seating, maybe some re-surfacing or some replacement fencing. Some stations may be lucky and get some extra car spaces.

As for Melton specifically, don't expect too much to be done there as a part of this upgrade. It will most likely just be an upgrade to what is now platform 1 (previously known as platform 2) as a stop gap measure before we see some major reconstruction work as a part of the upcoming and as yet still un-announced electrification program.

This is still a good thing, the current platform 1 (which nearly all trains for Melbourne depart from) is in a very sorry state, and not up to the job.
Gman_86
I know, I was just pointing out from the previous poster that the issue of Melton station not being up to scratch has not fallen on deaf ears and was being addressed. Yes the whole station would probably be redone whenever the electrification program happens which probably will take longer to get running.

Found this post from the local MP. https://www.facebook.com/Steve4Melton/posts/1258968607810137
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
I know it has been discussed before, but which level crossings do people think should be next prioritised after the existing crossings that have been funded?

I believe the remaining crossings on the Glen Waverley, Mernda and Craigieburn Line should be the priority, given two of these lines serve growth corridors, and the crossings on the Glen Waverley cause major delays to cars and buses given their location in the inner and middle suburbs.

Removing Calder Park Drive on the Sunbury Line would essentially deliver a near crossing free line for Sunbury.

Removing the Highett level crossings, and the remaining crossings at Mentone and Parkdale on the Frankston Line would allow a crossing free line from the city to Mordialloc to support running more services in the future in the busiest section of the line, that is from City to the Mordialloc. It is a shame the current level crossing removal project at Cheltenham and Mentone did not remove Latrobe St and Warrigal Road in Mentone, given they shut the line down for 2 months, for a bit of extra funding and shutdown they could have removed two more crossings in this section.
  EmrldPhoenix Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
I’ve given this a bit of thought over the past couple of months. This list is mostly my own opinion and mostly has its basis in outdated government analysis, a little Google and Google Maps, and very little real-world observation.

There are about 30 LXs here that, IMO, have a reasonable chance of removal if the LXRP was to continue. If you want a map to refer to, please see the below Google Map I created for just this sort of analysis.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1cB5m0YujJJHtSe47KTI_1IloJ0gfMmXu&usp=sharing

Starting with the Sunbury line, it seems quite evident that Old Calder Hwy (Diggers Rest) and Calder Park Drive (Calder Park) should be removed. These LXs are in growth areas that would be significantly affected by increased services.

Whenever Melton gets electrified, I hope that Exford Rd (Melton South) is removed as there would an increase in the frequency of trains, drastically increasing the dangers. Less important LXs here, but potentially valid are Ferris Rd (Melton South), Leakes Rd (Rockbank) and Hopkins Rd (Rockbank).

All 5 remaining on the Craigieburn line are good bets for removal, but Puckle St (Moonee Ponds) has the strongest individual case for removal. It could also be packaged into works that include the removal of Park St (Moonee Ponds). Macaulay Rd (Kingston) should also be removed, but that is apparently very tricky, so I expect that will continue to be deferred.

My picks for Upfield are for Brunswick Rd (Brunswick) which would have to be part of another skyrail project to remove other nearby LXs, and Barry St (Coolaroo) which would also include a new Upfield station which is desperately needed. This could be part of Upfield duplication, or reopening the Somerton Link.

The most compelling ones on the Mernda line are already either removed or planned for removal. Of those left, only Childs Rd (Epping) and Keon Pde (Reservoir) seem like strong contenders to me.

On the Hurstbridge line, only 3 of the 13 really stand out as potential candidates; Station St (Fairfield), Victoria Rd (Northcote) and Westgarth St (Northcote).

The Sandringham line has been shafted by the LXRP. Most of the LXs aren’t that bad compared to the rest of Melbourne. Of the 11 LXs on the line, only the Glen Eira Rd (Ripponlea) LX stands out as plausible to be removed. Others that are deserving could be subject to some serious heat by the local community and politically contentious.

Frankston has had the most attention of any single line, and yet there will still be 11 crossings at 2025. Of these, only Warrigal Rd (Mentone) and Highett Rd (Highett) seem to be possible candidates. However, if the line was extended to Baxter, at minimum the Moorooduc Hwy (Frankston) and Clarendon St (Frankston) LXs would need to be removed.

By 2025, the Pakenham line will have 5 LXs. Of these, Webb St (Narre Warren) should to be removed, and 3 of the remainder I could see justification for Station St (Beaconsfield), Brunt Rd (Officer) and Station St (Officer).

On the Lilydale line, only Coolstore Rd (Croydon) would be of significant benefit, while the remaining 3 on the Belgrave line are pretty average. Alpine St (Ferntree Gully) and Hilltop Rd (Upper FT Gully) would be more worthy if the line was also duplicated at the same time.

Alamein is my champion of having one of the most important LXs to remove yet being so undeserving of it. Riversdale Rd (Camberwell) needs to be removed as tram squares are a pain for everyone, but the patronage on the Alamein line cannot justify big investments.

And finally, all 4 of the remaining LXs on the Glen Waverley line have good justification for removal. However, the 2 most important are Madden Gr (Burnley) and Glenferrie Rd (Kooyong).
  JMarto15 Locomotive Fireman

What about Gaffney St at Pascoe Vale on the Craigieburn line?
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I would add Hudsons Road (Spotswood) and Anderson St (Yarraville) to the list. While I'm not sure of the level of traffic through those crossings, any increases in the train frequency (both peak and off-peak) could cut those roads off completely.
  TrackRailroad Train Controller

Location: Frankston Line
I’ve given this a bit of thought over the past couple of months. This list is mostly my own opinion and mostly has its basis in outdated government analysis, a little Google and Google Maps, and very little real-world observation.

There are about 30 LXs here that, IMO, have a reasonable chance of removal if the LXRP was to continue. If you want a map to refer to, please see the below Google Map I created for just this sort of analysis.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1cB5m0YujJJHtSe47KTI_1IloJ0gfMmXu&usp=sharing

Starting with the Sunbury line, it seems quite evident that Old Calder Hwy (Diggers Rest) and Calder Park Drive (Calder Park) should be removed. These LXs are in growth areas that would be significantly affected by increased services.

Whenever Melton gets electrified, I hope that Exford Rd (Melton South) is removed as there would an increase in the frequency of trains, drastically increasing the dangers. Less important LXs here, but potentially valid are Ferris Rd (Melton South), Leakes Rd (Rockbank) and Hopkins Rd (Rockbank).

All 5 remaining on the Craigieburn line are good bets for removal, but Puckle St (Moonee Ponds) has the strongest individual case for removal. It could also be packaged into works that include the removal of Park St (Moonee Ponds). Macaulay Rd (Kingston) should also be removed, but that is apparently very tricky, so I expect that will continue to be deferred.

My picks for Upfield are for Brunswick Rd (Brunswick) which would have to be part of another skyrail project to remove other nearby LXs, and Barry St (Coolaroo) which would also include a new Upfield station which is desperately needed. This could be part of Upfield duplication, or reopening the Somerton Link.

The most compelling ones on the Mernda line are already either removed or planned for removal. Of those left, only Childs Rd (Epping) and Keon Pde (Reservoir) seem like strong contenders to me.

On the Hurstbridge line, only 3 of the 13 really stand out as potential candidates; Station St (Fairfield), Victoria Rd (Northcote) and Westgarth St (Northcote).

The Sandringham line has been shafted by the LXRP. Most of the LXs aren’t that bad compared to the rest of Melbourne. Of the 11 LXs on the line, only the Glen Eira Rd (Ripponlea) LX stands out as plausible to be removed. Others that are deserving could be subject to some serious heat by the local community and politically contentious.

Frankston has had the most attention of any single line, and yet there will still be 11 crossings at 2025. Of these, only Warrigal Rd (Mentone) and Highett Rd (Highett) seem to be possible candidates. However, if the line was extended to Baxter, at minimum the Moorooduc Hwy (Frankston) and Clarendon St (Frankston) LXs would need to be removed.

By 2025, the Pakenham line will have 5 LXs. Of these, Webb St (Narre Warren) should to be removed, and 3 of the remainder I could see justification for Station St (Beaconsfield), Brunt Rd (Officer) and Station St (Officer).

On the Lilydale line, only Coolstore Rd (Croydon) would be of significant benefit, while the remaining 3 on the Belgrave line are pretty average. Alpine St (Ferntree Gully) and Hilltop Rd (Upper FT Gully) would be more worthy if the line was also duplicated at the same time.

Alamein is my champion of having one of the most important LXs to remove yet being so undeserving of it. Riversdale Rd (Camberwell) needs to be removed as tram squares are a pain for everyone, but the patronage on the Alamein line cannot justify big investments.

And finally, all 4 of the remaining LXs on the Glen Waverley line have good justification for removal. However, the 2 most important are Madden Gr (Burnley) and Glenferrie Rd (Kooyong).
EmrldPhoenix
I agree with your list above, but don't think crossings on the Lilydale or Belgrave lines beyond Ringwood to the ends of the line are priority. If more urgent crossing removals are done, than yes, they could be considered.

The Brunswick area crossings on the Upfield should be done as a multi crossing removal sky rail package, to save costs and given the proximity of the crossings to each other.

I would agree with high speed express trains and significant growth in the Officer/Pakenham area, the crossings in Beaconsfield and Officer should be high priority to be removed. I would also add Maidstone St in Altona on the Werribee main line, which is forecast to get busier in years to come and high speed express trains force the boom gates to come down earlier.

Hudsons Road in Spotswood is relatively quiet and currently would not warrant to be removed, given the eastern side of the tracks there is not much residental or other development. Yarraville I am not familiar with, but I would imagine it would generate much more vehicle traffic than Spotswood. Given the village feel of Yarraville, could it be feasible to close this level crossing and turn Anderson Street into a pedestrian and cycling only mall, given Anderson Street is quite narrow. Not sure what the local community would think, but Francis Street and Somerville Road are nearby and could be the alternative crossings. Of course a community and traffic and parking survey would need to be undertaken, but I would imagine there might be a lower level of car ownership in the Yarraville area versus the rest of Melbourne.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Alamein is my champion of having one of the most important LXs to remove yet being so undeserving of it. Riversdale Rd (Camberwell) needs to be removed as tram squares are a pain for everyone, but the patronage on the Alamein line cannot justify big investments.
EmrldPhoenix
Alamein is one of those weird ones where the line serves nothing in particular and only has a historic connection with the fact it is the last remaining section of a railway line that was closed everywhere else long ago. And Hartwalhalla station.

It's got to be infinitely cheaper to give it the 600V standard gauge treatment than to trench Riversdale. What's better for a lightly-used branch line, two empty 3-carriage trains per hour or 6 empty E classes? Or A classes if Camberwell Depot is in charge. Twisted Evil
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Here's my list of the priority if the list was expanded to 100. This is unlikely since the Labor government has to win two elections, as it would be done between 2025-2029.

Craigieburn line
1. Macaulay Rd, Kensington
2. Puckle St, Moonee Ponds
3. Park St, Moonee Ponds

Alamein line
4. Riversdale Rd, Camberwell
5. Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell

Hurstbridge line
6. Station St, Fairfield
7. Victoria Road, Fairfield

Glen Waverly line
8. Tooronga Rd, Malvern
9. Glenferrie Rd, Kooyong
10. High St, Glen Iris
11. Madden Grv, Burnley

Mernda line:
12: Keon Pde, Keon Park
13: Childs Rd, Epping

Sandringham line:
14: South Rd, Brighton
15: Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

Pakenham line:
16: Webb St, Narre Warren

Werribee line:
17: Maidstone St, Altona

Sunbury line:
18: Calder Park Drive, Calder Park

Upfield line:
19: Gaffney St, Coburg North
20: O'Hea St, Coburg
21: Brunswick Rd, Brunswick
22: Park St, Brunswick

Frankston line:
23: Warrigal Rd, Mentone
24: Highett Rd, Highett
25: Wickham Rd, Highett

Some are of these crossings are bundled due to close proximity for better efficiency. The ones done together are listed below:
(2 & 3) (4 & 5) (6 & 7) (19 & 20) (21 & 22) (24 & 25).

It's very tricky to narrow it done to 25 additional ones so I may have missed a few, to tackle a much as possible in groups of 2.


  mejhammers1 Chief Commissioner

Alamein is my champion of having one of the most important LXs to remove yet being so undeserving of it. Riversdale Rd (Camberwell) needs to be removed as tram squares are a pain for everyone, but the patronage on the Alamein line cannot justify big investments.
Alamein is one of those weird ones where the line serves nothing in particular and only has a historic connection with the fact it is the last remaining section of a railway line that was closed everywhere else long ago. And Hartwalhalla station.

It's got to be infinitely cheaper to give it the 600V standard gauge treatment than to trench Riversdale. What's better for a lightly-used branch line, two empty 3-carriage trains per hour or 6 empty E classes? Or A classes if Camberwell Depot is in charge. Twisted Evil
Heihachi_73
Totally Agree. Save millions by converting it to a Tram line.


Michael
  ElliotProvis Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Totally Agree. Save millions by converting it to a Tram line. Michael
mejhammers1
I have thought the same for a while. I am certainly not in the know, but do you think the local community would be more receptive if the Alamein line had already been converted to light rail, would they possibly be more receptive to then having it expanded along the formation for the old Outer Circle and potentially somehow cross the creek/freeway/railway, and link up with the Rowville tram thats allegedly having a business case written up for it?
  tayser Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Lots of Love for Park Street in Moonee Ponds it appears... but to the north a couple of hundred metres there's a fresh level crossing removal and to the south a couple of hundred metres there would be Puckle street on any list of removals.

Park street simply just needs to close.

That way, in TB's list, you could do:

Craigieburn line
1. Macaulay Rd, Kensington
2. Puckle St, Moonee Ponds
3. Gaffney Street, Pascoe Vale.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Lots of Love for Park Street in Moonee Ponds it appears... but to the north a couple of hundred metres there's a fresh level crossing removal and to the south a couple of hundred metres there would be Puckle street on any list of removals.

Park street simply just needs to close.

That way, in TB's list, you could do:

Craigieburn line
1. Macaulay Rd, Kensington
2. Puckle St, Moonee Ponds
3. Gaffney Street, Pascoe Vale.
tayser
I'd just thought to combine Park street and Puckle street into one project. Yes Gaffney street, Pascoe Vale would definitely be one of those ones warranted on the additional list.
  CraigieburnLineUser Locomotive Fireman

Lots of Love for Park Street in Moonee Ponds it appears... but to the north a couple of hundred metres there's a fresh level crossing removal and to the south a couple of hundred metres there would be Puckle street on any list of removals.

Park street simply just needs to close.

That way, in TB's list, you could do:

Craigieburn line
1. Macaulay Rd, Kensington
2. Puckle St, Moonee Ponds
3. Gaffney Street, Pascoe Vale.
I'd just thought to combine Park street and Puckle street into one project. Yes Gaffney street, Pascoe Vale would definitely be one of those ones warranted on the additional list.
True Believers
It's great to see the Park St love. I've previously said here that it should probably just get closed but with two schools around it's probably not great for traffic flows. If you take away Park there isn't anything between Buckley and Puckle, both are very busy. To remove Park and Puckle together you'd probably need to sink the railway line into a trench as both have roads very close by. A trench also benefits on the city side as there is a good distance between Moonee Ponds and Ascot Vale to raise the line back. The only problem I could see is the gradient going from Buckley St to Park.

Gaffney St is also pretty busy and is worth being on that list but I don't know the area as well as I know the others. Macaulay Rd is a massive pain given the contour of the land. One suggestion I've had is to close the crossing where it is now and force the traffic away from the city for a few hundred metres to an alternate location where you can tunnel underneath the line.
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

Alamein Line being converted to LR should be on the table, but only if it provides additional benefits to the community. Otherwise, why bother spending the money?

Build a platform "4" at Caberwell station where some of the sidings are now. Convert the remainder of those sidings into a Tram depot even (the sidings would be cutoff from the main line).

Extend the rail line along the rail trail (retaining the path next to it) and bridge over the Monash with an elevated station at East Malvern. Continue following the old outer circle to Dandenong Rd where it hooks left to Chadstone, joining the potential Caulfield-Rowville Tram line.

"Alamein" trams can either terminate at Chadstone or Monash Uni depending on where you want frequency to be, or you could branch down Warrigal Rd towards Southland, creating a NS and EW route.

Both the Alamein LR and Caulfield-Rowville should be built DLR style imho, not connected to the existing tram network.
  John E Locomotive Fireman

Converting the Alamein line to a tram doesn't make sense. The line already crosses 2 tram lines that go via camberwell junction (70 on Riversdale Road and 75 on Toorak road) so it's unnecessary dupliction of routes. High street ashburton also has a bus that goes to Glen Iris station on the Glen Waverley line.

As was mentioned there probably isn't room for more trams at Camberwell tram depot and I highly doubt the the current train stabling at Camberwell station could take trams as well, so trams would have no where to terminate.

I stand to be corrected but the running costs of coverting to tram would surely be minimal.

People who catch the Alamein line are mostly going to the city or changing at Camberwell to go towards Ringwood. A tram would make things a lot harder to do either.

The level crossing at Riversdale road can wait until patronage drastically increases (unlikely and there aren't any extra paths available on the Burnkey group) or there is a tunnel to the Dandenong line via chadstone (less likely now that SRL will capture north-south travel nearby)
  ElliotProvis Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Converting the Alamein line to a tram doesn't make sense. The line already crosses 2 tram lines that go via camberwell junction (70 on Riversdale Road and 75 on Toorak road) so it's unnecessary dupliction of routes. High street ashburton also has a bus that goes to Glen Iris station on the Glen Waverley line.
John E

I'm not sure if you could say that the Alamein line (in it's current form) duplicates the routes 70/75 trams... It would seem to me to be multimodal interactions between the trams and the trains? So I am not sold on the idea that converting this line (on the proviso that it is extended to join the Rowville tram, connecting to Chadstone and Monash eventually) is an unnecessary duplication of routes.
I am sure the bus from High street, Ashburton could be effectively integrated to operate with the converted route (just like the 70/75 could be rejigged to integrate with the route) if it ever were to be converted.

As was mentioned there probably isn't room for more trams at Camberwell tram depot and I highly doubt the the current train stabling at Camberwell station could take trams as well, so trams would have no where to terminate.
John E

I would suggest that this project should be timed to occur just around/after the Coldstream maintenance centre would be opened, which would cover for lost stabling capacity at Camberwell. Have to say though, the Camberwell stabling looks pretty small and stuffy to me, not sure it is of much use as we enter into a world of fixed consists' of 7 carriage trains. I'm sure it would be big enough to stable a few E-class trams as necessary, but would make more sense to look for a bigger site in the local vicinity that could replace Camberwell at the same time as providing additional space for the converted Alamein line vehicles, and any possible extension of the 75 towards Knox (an inevitability IMO).

People who catch the Alamein line are mostly going to the city or changing at Camberwell to go towards Ringwood. A tram would make things a lot harder to do either.
John E

If it was timetabled properly, and Camberwell was upgraded to a proper interchange station, it could actually be quite seamless. Would certainly be of much more utility to have a link to Chadstone/Monash Clayton Campus/East Malvern/Rowville and wherever else you might want to extend it from there, and this would draw in additional commuters. Modal transfers can be frustrating, but if you open up the places that can be accessed from one form of transit, then people are more willing to switch between modes because of the extra accessibility the enhanced service offers. With SRL seemingly still on the cards (especially important in light of the economic malaise that has set in due to COVID-19), I cannot see Alamein being connected via heavy rail to the Glen Waverley/Cranbourne/Pakenham lines.

Better to try and make use of the infrastructure we've got left and provide a more functional link. Doesn't have to be a tram either? Could be tram-train or whatever if there are plans afoot to integrate into the heavy rail network eventually?

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