50 level crossings to be removed

 
  loopy Locomotive Driver

On LXRA website, official announcement of Altona Loop closure for Kororoit Creek Rd crossing removal

https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/news/altona-loop-dual-track-on-the-way

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  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Skye / Overton bridge is taking shape, only one or two segments still to be placed from what I can see.  
The overhead supports are already up on part of the bridge and the ramps at either end are being filled.
Frankston station looked nowhere near complete last time I went past.  

I know they extended the closure to mid month but they're going to be cutting it fine.
Can't wait until the line is reopened, the Mornington Peninsula Freeway has been even more of a nightmare than normal the last few weeks.

Up near work, Centre Road has been closed for a couple of weeks while they tidy up the crossing.  I can't believe that with the crossing gone they then close the road for another whole two weeks just to remove the rail and re-pave the road!
  thekingoffoxes Chief Train Controller

Here is a video of the progress at the end of April for those playing along at home.



https://youtu.be/wDRZjdi75Vg
  loopy Locomotive Driver

The weird thing about temporary rail operations on Pakenham & Cranbourne lines - why do up trains from Springvale to Westall cross into the down track, cross over it into the third track & then cross BACK INTO the centre track in order to get to P2 Westall? Why wouldn't it stay in the centre track? Trains in the opposite direction go P2 Westall to P2 Springvale as per usual
  historian Deputy Commissioner

The weird thing about temporary rail operations on Pakenham & Cranbourne lines - why do up trains from Springvale to Westall cross into the down track, cross over it into the third track & then cross BACK INTO the centre track in order to get to P2 Westall? Why wouldn't it stay in the centre track? Trains in the opposite direction go P2 Westall to P2 Springvale as per usual
loopy

The centre track is only signalled for Down movements past the Westall maintenance depot.

The only way to get to platform 2 at Westall from Springvale is by the bi-directionally signalled Bypass Track.
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Here is a video of the progress at the end of April for those playing along at home.



https://youtu.be/wDRZjdi75Vg
thekingoffoxes

Line allegedly open for traffic tomorrow. Tuition trains for Metro drivers running and Long Island steel trains recommencing.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Here is a video of the progress at the end of April for those playing along at home.



https://youtu.be/wDRZjdi75Vg

Line allegedly open for traffic tomorrow. Tuition trains for Metro drivers running and Long Island steel trains recommencing.
Fatty

Makes sense, the track looked pretty close to complete last week and they've been doing finishing touches to the overhead at the bridge.

Frankston station is nowhere near ready for passengers as of lunchtime today though.
  loopy Locomotive Driver

On the Melbourne Central end of Parliament P2 there's a floor sticker indicating no lift access at the new Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations. There will be a shuttle bus operating stopping all stations Caulfield to Oakleigh for those that require access. I kind of had an idea that it would happen due to the fact the lifts and escalators [hope they're open Monday] are to be built on the site of the former railway, unlike the other 2 Sky Rail stations already opened
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
On the Melbourne Central end of Parliament P2 there's a floor sticker indicating no lift access at the new Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations. There will be a shuttle bus operating stopping all stations Caulfield to Oakleigh for those that require access. I kind of had an idea that it would happen due to the fact the lifts and escalators [hope they're open Monday] are to be built on the site of the former railway, unlike the other 2 Sky Rail stations already opened
loopy
I'm sure most commuters who use these two stations would be happy to be able to use the stations as soon as possible (using the steps) Otherwise the stations would remain closed until all the lifts and escalators are commissioned for normal service.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Getting It Done: Election Commitment Smashed With 25 Level Crossings Gone
I don't care what side of politics with which you align yourself, but you have to acknowledge the political genius of this infrastructure program.

The benefits are real, the progress is highly visible, and the "overachievement" is measurable.

Whether or not the Labor government survives November, Dan's Level Crossings will go down with Kev's School Halls and Pink Batts and Jeff's Fire Sales. Posterity may not remember them kindly, but it will remember them!

On a more objective note, Frankston will reopen tomorrow with the Skye/Overton Road bridge. Thompsons Road will reopen "by the end of the week"
  Alphabet Train Controller

Location: Moonee Ponds
I'm pretty close to the Buckley Street crossing in Essendon, and the rail under road brigade still haven't really accepted that they 'lost'; I still find flyers from them in my letterbox saying it's not too late, and very frequently at that.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

Technically, I suppose, they haven't lost... any infrastructure project is reversible given enough time and dollars!

In fact, I am eagerly awaiting Matthew Guy's election promise to set up a Major Infrastructure Deconstruction Authority, which will oversee the already promised work of removing all wire rope barriers from highways, and the presumed reinstatement of broad gauge all the way to Mildura, as well as demolishing the CD9 and Frankston line skyrails and reinstating the level crossings, removing overhead wires from the City Loop and replacing the VLocity engines and gensets with boilers and fire boxes.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Technically, I suppose, they haven't lost... any infrastructure project is reversible given enough time and dollars!

In fact, I am eagerly awaiting Matthew Guy's election promise to set up a Major Infrastructure Deconstruction Authority, which will oversee the already promised work of removing all wire rope barriers from highways, and the presumed reinstatement of broad gauge all the way to Mildura, as well as demolishing the CD9 and Frankston line skyrails and reinstating the level crossings, removing overhead wires from the City Loop and replacing the VLocity engines and gensets with boilers and fire boxes.
potatoinmymouth
should call yourself FOOTINMOUTH
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

An update on Moreland and Coburg.  Will it be skyrail or trench?  Either way, it needs to be OK for future V/line traffic.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/train-tracks-to-stretch-over-bell-street-and-moreland-road-under-proposed-designs-20180726-p4ztqs.html
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

An update on Moreland and Coburg.  Will it be skyrail or trench?  Either way, it needs to be OK for future V/line traffic.

https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/train-tracks-to-stretch-over-bell-street-and-moreland-road-under-proposed-designs-20180726-p4ztqs.html
Carnot
Not if all North East VLine traffic runs via Albion/Airport (why do we insist on mixing traffic, when it is not necessary).
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Agree that NE traffic should ultimately go via airport.  But that could be decades away knowing how things work in this State as far as PT planning is concerned....
  John.Z Chief Train Controller

Agree that NE traffic should ultimately go via airport.  But that could be decades away knowing how things work in this State as far as PT planning is concerned....
Carnot
No point half-assing all the time. Do it once, do it properly. CD9 is  failure because of this, don't make the same mistake hoping for a different outcome.
  reubstar6 Chief Train Controller

Honestly they should skyrail the Upfield line from just after Royal Park through to wherever the last crossing is. You'd remove a tonne of crossings that create quite a bit of traffic in the area, and you could make a similar bike path to CD9's.
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Sorry, but the terrain along the North-South section of the Upfield line favours rail under, which would also be a step towards undergrounding of that line.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Sorry, but the terrain along the North-South section of the Upfield line favours rail under, ..........
Myrtone
Because?
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Sorry, but the terrain along the North-South section of the Upfield line favours rail under, ..........
Because?
Lad_Porter
Because Myrtone hates bridges.
  Myrtone Chief Commissioner

Location: North Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
No, because the line is uphill from Macauley station all the way to the Park street level crossing in Royal Park. It also goes downhill from Batman station to the next level crossing after it. And an eventual underground diversion would eliminate every level crossing south of Batman.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
No, because the line is uphill from Macauley station all the way to the Park street level crossing in Royal Park.
Myrtone
Irrelevant.

It also goes downhill from Batman station to the next level crossing after it.
Myrtone
That level crossing (Bakers Rd) is on a rising grade after that downhill section. That favours elevated rail, not trenching.

And an eventual underground diversion would eliminate every level crossing south of Batman.
Myrtone
Nurse!
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Sorry, but the terrain along the North-South section of the Upfield line favours rail under, which would also be a step towards undergrounding of that line.
Myrtone
RUBBISH, talking thru ur reareand
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
No, because the line is uphill from Macauley station all the way to the Park street level crossing in Royal Park. It also goes downhill from Batman station to the next level crossing after it. And an eventual underground diversion would eliminate every level crossing south of Batman.
Myrtone
Elevated Rail all the way allows for the elimination of all of those pesky Pedestrian Crossing at the same time.

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