You would think for 4km worth of track between the stations, it would be easy enough for the LXRA to just do the duplication now and get it over and done with.
Hopefully there are some feedback sessions and the LXRA is made to give more of a commitment to duplicating. The Altona loop got 800m extra duplication when their residents complained.
The LXRA is exactly that - it removes level crossings. It does not (usually) duplicate track between stations.
In case not mentioned here already, the information sessions are scheduled as follows:
Thursday 22 August, 6:00pm to 8:00pmWhere: Manchester Primary School, Monomeith Street, Mooroolbark
Saturday 24 August, 10:00am to 12 noonWhere: Lilydale Primary School, Castella Street, Lilydale
According to the last design for Lilydale, the two tracks through the new station seem to converge into one beyond the station. This track descends to ground level, goes past the existing station, then connects to the existing stabling yard. It also appears that the existing car parks are to be retained, which would mean some kind of pedestrian access across the highway to the new station. Unlike Mooroolbark, there seems to be no provision for additional car parking, which is sorely needed at Lilydale.
It also mentions that the existing bus terminal would be relocated, but does not say where to. Obviously, any new terminal would also need pedestrian access to the new station.