Agree 100%. I think the MURL in places is only 10m deep. Pretty sure it could be done without disrupting Swanston St. As initially it has to go below the Yarra and below the existing platforms at FSS.There will need to be portals to provide access but if CrossRail is anything to go by I don't think it's going to be nearly as disruptive as they are anticipating. CrossRail boring machines came to within a metre of the Northern Line when drilling and there were no shutdowns of neighbouring infrastructure required.
Granted, though, it could be extremely difficult if it's planned to go over the top of the existing MURL, the clearances are very tight. We'll just have to see what happens I guess.
Dan the Man is apologising for stuffing things up before they start, rather than waiting until they are thrown out of office and trying to get back in. This must be a new ALP tactic..."Hmm, we are going to spend a fortune and get it wrong, let's just admit it before we start and maybe it will leave us in Opposition for less time..."This project clearly has the capacity to deliver them a second term of government, particularly by keeping Labor safe in the inner city. They're already playing a better tactical game than Ted Baillieu did (get into office and do absolutely nothing for the first two years).