I did say simple - like a govr press release.If West Footscray is getting a 3rd platform, I'd hope they'd do the same at Hawksburn. Two way signalling and a crossover between Richmond and South Yarra would go a fair way too.
If you want efficient. you're in the wrong state.
Anyhouse, the signalling would be horrible - never stopped a dumb idea before.
One thing I have observed about govt press releases.
If says that something will be done, then it MIGHT be done. - 3rd West Footscray Platform
If says nothing about an issue, then it will NOT be done. - any Hawksburn platform work
Besides, no room at Hawksburn for a 3rd anyway.
Crossover between Richmond and Sth Yarra assumes that it is the Frankston line under consideration. I'm not so sure about that.
The more I think about a Frankston line turn back, the dafter it sounds.
The stated plan is for Frankston to take over the role of going around the city loop.
WHY would a train run around the loop, come out to Hawksburn, and then turn around and go back in again. A silly little circle that achieves nothing.
Back to my original contention that it is MM1 having a turn back, which also brings MARL into the story.
IF (big if) MARL and SBY is going to city via MM1 then not all of them have to go all the way thru to Dandenong etc..
A turn back then makes sense to boost the throughput for the Airport without unnecessary additional rolling stock.
Don't we all love it when information given is so empty of detail that our fertile imagination can fill all blanks, even ones that are not there. And of course all my other Considered Railway Action Plans.