Councillor calls for Lilydale and Belgrave line upgrade
"Cr Clark said he wanted to see the track between Mooroolbark and Lilydale duplicated, and Lilydale train station – the end of the line – relocated to the opposite side of Maroondah Highway, removing the level crossing."
Train stabling? Bus terminal? Car parking? Option of possible extension to Coldstream?
"He said most of the delays and problems along both lines stemmed from the fact they were single tracks, which needed to be resolved."
Well, you learn something every day.
"Cr Clark suggested a duplication of the tracks between Ferntree Gully and Upper Ferntree Gully."
“My proposal is to stop metro trains from Upper Ferntree Gully and run a three-carriage, driverless shuttle train to Belgrave,”
If you don't duplicate all the way to Belgrave, you don't solve that particular problem with a shuttle, driverless or otherwise. Pax would not want to change trains at UFTG, and three cars would not cut it in peak hours anyway.
“It would free up the metro network, which is subject to trees on the line and slip problems whenever it rains.”
What does that mean? Remove all lineside trees? Stop it from raining?
If Cr Clark really wants to improve PT in the area, he should also consider more and better integrated buses from outlying areas such as Healesville and Warburton; more car parking at Lilydale and Belgrave stations; and extending the line to Coldstream.