always apparent when an argument is failing, just throwing abuse will distract sometimes."Throwing abuse", what are you, Sarah Hanson-Young? Boo hoo, someone said something I don't like, I'm off to sue now...
obviously my putting quotes around "own" is too subtle for @don. Everybody else knows the difference between the possession rights of lessee vs owner.
your definition of potential property development remains as weird as when I previously commented.
Its mostly Melbourne Water preservation of waterways.
It was a huge compromise to allow the road through, but at least a lot of good remediation came along with it.
perhaps @don can enlighten us all what he considers to be the measure of a "generous median strip". And no, the inside emergency lanes and crash barriers do not count. As one who regularly travels both Eastlink and the Ringwood line, is quite obvious how much room there is not.
Crown land leased to someone else, end-of-story. As opposed to the CityLink deed the Eastlink agreement has no penalty if the government decides to build a railway line down the middle in the future - at least Bracks managed to get that bit right.
I've been to Perth several times and it always amazes me that they managed to fit a train line down the middle of a freeway (TWICE in fact); something that is absolutely impossible according to you. Perhaps you should go and have a look and marvel at the ingenuity of the engineers, I'm sure you'll be astonished to see it actually in operation.
You must just love making up stuff to put some lipstick on the pig. There is indeed provision for a 3rd track to Blackburn. It would help the peak track shuffle created by the Blackburn shorts. Beyond that, a little project called LXRP (I presume you know that acronym, being a Victoria expert) made it 2 track road overpasses all the way to Ringwood, with lots of cuttings up to neighbours' back fence. Provision for 4 - rubbish. the rest is just echo echo echo. Not biting.Look at Nunawading post LXRP - there is clearly provision for four tracks on the south side of station. Most of the structures built as part of those grade separations have plenty of room for additional track and in fact the bridges were engineered with the possibility of provisioning for four tracks just as they did with the bridges on Regional Rail Link (Anderson Road, Sunshine for example), also constructed with the space for an additional two tracks underneath. Again, the miracle of building redundancy into an engineering project, something that you obviously have no understanding or comprehension of. Perhaps you should have a look at all these modern-day marvels yourself, some of them are in your own city, and decide whether an alignment already in existence is potentially cheaper than $1 billion per kilometer of bored tunnel guaranteed to send the Victorian government broke.