Melbourne Rail Upgrade Strategy Plan

 
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Melbourne Rail Upgrade Strategy Plan

Since there has been some rail projects requiring upgrading happening in Melbourne. Should we prioritise upgrading the rest of our 19 century bottleneck sections? Extensions, duplication, quadruplication, flyers and new stations could help make Melbourne rail system more reliable, more trains run on time, ect.

Heres a list of some suggested projects that could happen under this plan.(30 year plan)

Base case; (already funded)
Melton duplication including upgrades to stationsDuplication between Heidelberg to Rossana with new station at Rossana
Mernda rail extension
Partial duplication at Altona with level crossing removed
Investigation duplication of rest of Altona loop and btw Greensborough and Eltham

Project 1: (Dandenong line upgrades)
Quadruplicate between Caulfeild and Dandenong
Introduce High capacity signalling
Provide Flyover at Dandenong junction with Cranbourne line

Project 2: (Cranbourne line upgrades)
Duplicate the whole Cranbourne line
Cranbourne station rebuilt
Extend the line to Clyde with new stations at Clyde and Cranbourne East
Introduce High Capacity signalling

Project 3: (Altona line upgrades)
Long term plan for property acquisitions required btw Seaholme and Westona stations
Duplicate the whole Altona line
Stations all rebuilt
Flyover at Newport Junction

Project 4: (Upfeild line upgrades, reroute vline services)
Reinstate Upfeild line to Craigeburn line and allow Vline via Upfeild line
Duplicate Upfeild line
New Campbellfeild station built
Upfeild station rebuilt
Investigate Extension to Wallan

Project 5: (Lilydale line upgrades)
Duplicate rest of Lilydale
New Cave hill station built
Lilydale station rebuilt (As part of LXRA)
Level crossing removed (As part of LXRA)

Project 6: (Hurstbridge line upgrades)
Duplicate between Greensborough to Diamond Creek
New North Eltham station built
Investigate duplication for rest of Hurstbridge line

Project 7: (Belgrave line upgrades)
Duplicate the Belgrave line from Fentree gully to Upper Fentree gully
Add passing loop at Telcoma
Investigate duplication for rest of Belgrave line

Project 8: (Werribee line extension, RRL upgrades)
Extend Werribee line to Wyndham vale
Add stabling yard
Add new stations at Truganina, Blackforest, and Sayers Road

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  True Believers Chief Commissioner

The rail duplication thread is locked now and I put up this thread instead. Sorry for the confusion by keep on changing the thread and evolving into a different topics. You are welcome to discuss the new plan. No edits to be made to the main thread.
  PaulM Station Staff

Some nice ideas there.

How about extending the Flemington line through to Highpoint/Maribyrnong and beyond? Any takers there?

I know at one stage they were floating the idea of having Highpoint's owners foot at least part of the bill, and saving money by shutting down the #82 tram.
  torrens5022 Junior Train Controller

The wont close the 82 tram, with the increase in density around Footscray they will most likely extend the tram into the CBD via Docklands.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

Some nice ideas there.

How about extending the Flemington line through to Highpoint/Maribyrnong and beyond? Any takers there?

I know at one stage they were floating the idea of having Highpoint's owners foot at least part of the bill, and saving money by shutting down the #82 tram.
PaulM
Yes that Flemington line extended through to Highpoint and beyond is a good idea. I would extend it to Melbourne airport, and then later extend it again to Sunbury and run the Bendigo trains through there. But that is very unlikely to happen soon because first you need to quad between the Flemington junction and North Melbourne, and it requires a lot of tunnelling.

Closing down a tram line connecting Footscray and Maribyrnong not ideal because its frequent and has a lot of patronage.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

1st April is still some 7 weeks away................
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

1st April is still some 7 weeks away................
trainbrain
You think this is a joke, this some serious logical plan to make Melbourne have a 21st century rail system. Each project tackles to increase capacity and reliability on each line and enable to untangle the network as well.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
There is what would be nice to have in an ideal 21st century world, and then there is what is actually possible, given practical, financial and physical constraints.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

There is what would be nice to have in an ideal 21st century world, and then there is what is actually possible, given practical, financial and physical constraints.
Lad_Porter
Yes, but this plan is what Governments should aim at over time to make sure our public transport system can serve for passengers into the future. The Government was able to get 9.7 Billion dollars from the lease of Port. Thats a lot of money going into infrastructure. The government able to build a 10 billion metro tunnel, complete the ring road for another 10 billion, remove 6 billions dollars on grade separation. Why then you doubt these projects won't happen as well?
  TOQ-1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Power Trainger
Linking Highpoint directly to the CBD I don't think is the best option. While the density of housing is increasing around there, it is still mainly a destination that draws people from the Western and Northern Suburbs. Linking it to the CBD which has most of the stores present at Highpoint would mean that it wouldn't see much traffic - If someone from Sunshine, Brunswick or Newport has to catch a train to North Melbourne to turn around and go back, they might as well go into the city. Or they'll take a bus that goes directly there. Or change at Footscray for the tram.

A better way to connect Highpoint by rail would be an orbital rail line that would link it to residential suburbs, but that's not going to happen I don't think.
  True Believers Chief Commissioner

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