The Bonbeach and Edithvale concept designs look bloody awful. Concrete, concrete and asphalt everywhere..The Age reporting today that once again politics has trumped expert engineering opinion when it comes to infrastructure, with the Frankston line to be lowered into cuttings at Bonbeach and Edithvale.
Heading south of Bonbeach, out of the cutting and then over the Patterson river and Station street is going to be a very long drag.
Seaford road will be done similarly to Bayswater, though reversed. i.e. the road will be slightly lowered and the railway will be lifted onto a small embankment and short bridge.
Far out. I know the sandbelt seats are super marginal and all, but... geez. This a terrible idea.
Bonbeach station will basically be a bathtub with a base below sea level. Edithvale might be a metre or two above at rail level. There's a good chance any brownie points they get from appeasing some loud nimbys on the Nepean will be negated by having stations that might drag on for ages in construction and then be far more expensive to continuously pump out.
But as the noskyrail nimbys were heavily astroturfed by the Vic Libs and mostly weren't going to vote Labor either way, I doubt it will even change enough votes to have been worth the extra expense...
Seaford looks like a pretty nice design though.