Infrastructure Victoria's final document version released today

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Yet to read but should include at least one rail project (airport) and probably dozens of roads we dont need.

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  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
And its released.  Refer Link.

Im happy with recommendation 13.4.2


Regional rail gauge standardisation. Standardise the rail gauge in northeast Victoria within 5-10 years and continue planning for the remainder of the broad gauge regional rail network to determine other priority areas for standardisation. The lines for gauge standardisation in the northeast include the Deniliquin-Echuca-Toolamba line and the Tocumwal- Shepparton-Mangalore line, which will complete the standardisation of all operational freight-only lines in Victoria. The standardisation of the regional freight network will increase accessibility of rolling stock from across Australia, open up competition between Victoria’s ports and reduce the transportation costs of freight rail (ref. RRG).


There are other rail ones (e.g. Webb Dock, Inland Rail) but I've not read a lot about them just yet.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

There's a bit about improving signalling North of Bendigo (i.e Swan Hill and Echuca lines).  Also duplication to Waurn Ponds, Metro Wyndham Vale - Werribee line, possible Torquay rail.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
And its released.  Refer Link.

Im happy with recommendation 13.4.2


Regional rail gauge standardisation. Standardise the rail gauge in northeast Victoria within 5-10 years and continue planning for the remainder of the broad gauge regional rail network to determine other priority areas for standardisation. The lines for gauge standardisation in the northeast include the Deniliquin-Echuca-Toolamba line and the Tocumwal- Shepparton-Mangalore line, which will complete the standardisation of all operational freight-only lines in Victoria. The standardisation of the regional freight network will increase accessibility of rolling stock from across Australia, open up competition between Victoria’s ports and reduce the transportation costs of freight rail (ref. RRG)
james.au

No grain from Swan Hill and beyond?

On another note the report states only 8% of Melbourne's population is the CBD/Central but 80% of jobs in Melbourne are located there.  This tells me the transport network needs improving.  Outer North and East are fasting growing housing areas in the country but have the worst services.

Andrews, what are you doing about it?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

As for Gippsland and Eastern Vic, refer Pg 154:

Regional rail eastern corridor. Identify trigger points that would
require a major uplift in capacity on the Dandenong rail corridor and
develop a long-term plan for the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Gippsland
lines within 0-5 years. It is likely this extra capacity will be required in the
latter part of the 15-30 year period or potentially beyond 30 years. One
solution could involve the construction of additional tracks along the
corridor to support demand for increased rail services from the southeast
of Melbourne and Gippsland. However, this is a particularly high cost
solution and further network planning is required, considering both how
to maximise the benefits of such an investment and all available options
to better use existing infrastructure first. A number of factors will need to
be considered in the future capacity planning for this corridor, such as
demand for additional metropolitan and regional passenger services, the
potential growth in the freight task from Gippsland and the location and
timing of a second port (ref. RRE1).
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
No major rail projects in Gippsland.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

And its released.  Refer Link.

Im happy with recommendation 13.4.2


Regional rail gauge standardisation. Standardise the rail gauge in northeast Victoria within 5-10 years and continue planning for the remainder of the broad gauge regional rail network to determine other priority areas for standardisation. The lines for gauge standardisation in the northeast include the Deniliquin-Echuca-Toolamba line and the Tocumwal- Shepparton-Mangalore line, which will complete the standardisation of all operational freight-only lines in Victoria. The standardisation of the regional freight network will increase accessibility of rolling stock from across Australia, open up competition between Victoria’s ports and reduce the transportation costs of freight rail (ref. RRG)
james.au

No grain from Swan Hill and beyond?

On another note the report states only 8% of Melbourne's population is the CBD/Central but 80% of jobs in Melbourne are located there.  This tells me the transport network needs improving.  Outer North and East are fasting growing housing areas in the country but have the worst services.

Andrews, what are you doing about it?
"bevans"


Sorry for all this nagging,,,,,,,,,,,,

There building the Metro tunnel, improving the capacity of the networks core being absolutely critical before another other improvements can be done and all this will cost BIG money and so will take many years to complete.

woodford
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
As for Gippsland and Eastern Vic, refer Pg 154:

Regional rail eastern corridor. Identify trigger points that would
require a major uplift in capacity on the Dandenong rail corridor and
develop a long-term plan for the Cranbourne, Pakenham and Gippsland
lines within 0-5 years. It is likely this extra capacity will be required in the
latter part of the 15-30 year period or potentially beyond 30 years. One
solution could involve the construction of additional tracks along the
corridor to support demand for increased rail services from the southeast
of Melbourne and Gippsland. However, this is a particularly high cost
solution and further network planning is required, considering both how
to maximise the benefits of such an investment and all available options
to better use existing infrastructure first. A number of factors will need to
be considered in the future capacity planning for this corridor, such as
demand for additional metropolitan and regional passenger services, the
potential growth in the freight task from Gippsland and the location and
timing of a second port (ref. RRE1).
Carnot
The rail futures report, has quadruplication from Oakleigh to Dandenong and the Melbourne Metro line extended East from South Yarra towards Springvale via Chadstone and Monash University.
  doyle Chief Commissioner

And reconfiguring of the city loop
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Just had a quick look through but didn't see anything on re-opening the Dookie line. And yes bevans it appears Piangil to be left as the only broad gauge grain line.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Id say Dookie would be considered if the GV lines are standardised.  Its an easy win for 120,000t+ , and GrainCorp would probably come to the party with funding as they have elsewhere.

For now Piangil is that, but the strategy calls for further review of lines to standardise.  Id say being the odd one out as you say, Piangil might therefore be looked at and some way of standardising at least the grain traffic may occur.

But that would be longer term still.  The other thing with standardising the grain traffic is that Allied Mills plant at Kensington will mode shift to road as there would be no BG lines with grain anymore.  Unless of course some SG is provided at the south end of the Craigieburn line though id imagine this would be quite complicated.
  gomer Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Back in the 90's the Allied mill in Kensington for a period received their grain from western Victoria.
20 loaded grain would arrive on standard gauge to Nth Dynon then bogie exchanged to broad then taken to the mill and unloaded.
The process would then reverse and be sent back west.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Would be better off having a dual gauge grain discharge terminal at North Dynon / South Kensington than conveyor belt the grain to the mill from there ?
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Thats not a totally mad idea....  Where would the conveyer run do you think?  Looks to be a bit of green space along Arden St that might be free-ish?

Could do the same thing at West Footscray for GrainCorp's oils plant there (cnr of Roberts St and Sunshine Rd).

Depends though on capital costs to do it.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
For now Pilangil is that, but the strategy calls for further review of lines to standardise.  Id say being the odd one out as you say, Pilangil might therefore be looked at and some way of standardising at least the grain traffic may occur.

...of the Craigiburn line though id imagine this would be quite complicated.
james.au

FYI, all...

It's Piangil

and Craigieburn.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
For now Pilangil is that, but the strategy calls for further review of lines to standardise.  Id say being the odd one out as you say, Pilangil might therefore be looked at and some way of standardising at least the grain traffic may occur.

...of the Craigiburn line though id imagine this would be quite complicated.

FYI, all...

It's Piangil

and Craigieburn.
The Vinelander
Sorry, edited, fixed.

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