Whacko, another thread by Myrtone. First of all
, Macleod, Greensborough, Eltham and Hurstbridge are not the "North Eastern Group" as you put it, they are the Hurstbridge line, which along with the South Morang line (hasn't been the Epping line for several years now) form the Clifton Hill Group. That is what they are called, you can call it whatever you like, but you're just going to confuse everybody else, and fail to get your point across in the process.Secondly
, the current section between Jolimont and Clifton Hill does not yet run at full capacity, not even at peak periods, so there is no real reason to look at spending big dollars fixing it as it isn't an issue. Maybe if Doncaster rail is ever built (not likely) then maybe we may need to do something, but otherwise, leave it alone for now. And no, the Inner Circle is not likely to return, at least not as a ground level railway anyway.Thirdly
, and probably not really the place for this but here goes: Is there any evidence that the low patronage on the Upfield line is due to the slight bend in the line from Royal Park to North Melbourne? I haven't once heard of any complaints about the route this line takes, apart from yours of course.Finally
: If you are serious about fixing bottlenecks on the Melbourne network, then you must duplicate as many single track sections as possible, regardless of what anybody says about other parts of the world running efficient railways with single track lines, these single track sections on the Melbourne network cause more trouble than any other issue. Between Gowrie and Upfield (all the way to Somerton if you want to do it properly), Dandenong to Cranbourne and Mooroolbark to Lilydale are all horrendous bottlenecks, and without fixing these, you are just wasting your time.