Sandringham Line Level Crossings
The most cost effective plan for Sandringham line is below.
Quite a few railway crossings are simply closed to vehicles.
This is significant $$$ saving and the locals will survive.
Lets break this down a little shall we?Union St Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Green St.
Grenville St Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Commercial Rd or High St.
This is one of the few I agree with you on. As I mentioned Stonnington has done a fantastic job of reducing through traffic on Greville Street. This was in part to reduce rat running though to Commercial Road. This could be closed tomorrow without much consequence.
Union St Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Green St.
VicRoads Classifies Union Street as a secondary arterial, one down from a main road. I agree it is not high in traffic, but these secondary route serve as detours during works and disruptions. A traffic study would need to be done to crunch the numbers. Saying Vehicles forced to use... doesn't cut much. Green Street as well as Albert Street are both residential streets, I'm sure the residents living in these streets would put up a fight if Union Street was closed and traffic diverted. Council at a minimum would need to invest in traffic claiming measures such as speed humps.
Glen Eira Rd Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Grosvenor St or Hotham St. Have to agree it is a large detour for vehicles. But this is inner city Melbourne, car drivers can live with it.
Glen Eira Road AKA State Route 22 is VicRoads Arterial Route, it will never be closed. "its inner city Melbourne...' has to be one of the most flippant things I've ever heard on here. As has been stated by many on RP, the LXRP is a road based project. Yes it has many benefits to the rail user, upgraded stations and such, its primary focus is to reduce traffic congestion. Funnelling 20,000 vehicles & freight on to Residental streets is not a solution. It a cluster F**K.
Only solution is Rail Under Road, while protecting the heritage listed station and garden. No Property acquisition, but a lengthy shut down on the rail line. Similar to what is happening on the Frankston Line.
Bay St Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Durrant St.
Another secondary route, feeding traffic from the Nepean Highway onto New Street and St Kilda Road as well as Brighton Grammar School and residential to the west of the rail line. Closing it is not a solution.
Rail Over is the only option here that could possibly avoid/reduce property acquisition. Station Building could be repurposed as has been done at Clayton. Allard Street will require reconfiguration.
Church St / Well St / Roundabout The train line will need to go under these roads. Middle Brighton Station rebuilt as underground station.
Rail under is not a solution here, far to cost prohibitive. A billion dollar underground station for Middle Brighton is pie in the sky stuff. Rail Viaduct is a solution. Once again requires protection on any heritage listed buildings. The Rail corridor already passes over Well Street, this again reduces any acquisition in a narrow section on the corridor. NBIYS will have a field day with overshadowing and privacy concerns.
South Rd Train line will have to go over the road. This will require rebuilding Brighton Beach platform at height above road level. The original station building can probably remain unchanged at ground level.
Agree, Rail over. Brighton Beach Station would need to be positioned over Were Street so this could be built with straight platforms as is required now. Stabling would not be feasible in the current location. If it is a critical requirement two roads could be built as part of any rail viaduct on the current curve. Similar to Victoria Park. If not trains could be stabled at Melbourne Yard. This would open up some very valuable land for development.
New St Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use South Rd or Hampton St. Have to agree it is a large detour for vehicles. But this is inner city Melbourne, car drivers can live with it.
This one is a simple closure, but as I mentioned several million dollars were spent on reopening it. $4.4 million spent in 2014 to sandbag the local member and shut the locals up.
Hampton St A road bridge can be built over the railway here. I think it requires compulsory acquisition of only 1 property - 380 Hampton St. On south side the road bridge would go east then curve north then over railway line and Service St. On north side the road bridge drops back down to street level in car park (yes some car park spaces are lost) then new intersection at Thomas St. Existing crossing made into pedestrian only crossing.
Road over wont work here, how do you propose to raise the Hampton Street over the rail line while still maintaining access to all the business along Hampton Street. Rail Under is possible, moving the station to the east of the current location. 10 & 6 Railway Cress, as well as 301 & 396 Hampton Street would need to be acquired for this. Another big spend and lengthy closure.
Linacre Rd Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Hampton St or Bridge St. Have to agree it is a large detour for vehicles. But this is inner city Melbourne, car drivers can live with it.
Could possibly be closed depending on a traffic study. Bridge Street & Highett Road serve as the East - West route here. Locals might be up for if it would reduce traffic on there street.
Abbott St Close to vehicles (make it a pedestrian crossing only). Vehicles forced to use Bridge St or Bay Rd. Have to agree it is a large detour for vehicles. But this is inner city Melbourne, car drivers can live with it.
Abbott Street cannot simply be closed, this serves as local access into the Sandringham Activity Area for residents to the north of Abbott Road. Road Under Rail, similar to what has been done at Buckley Street Essendon is a solution here. This would maintain through traffic and local access to Beaumont Street & Station Street.
I think you really under estimate issues caused by simply closing LX's traffic in the area needs to be diverted onto other local streets, bus routes need to be rerouted, local access to shops and business for residents becomes more difficult. This all disrupts the 'fabric' of a local area. If someone has to do a 10 minute detour for a journey to a local business they may simply drive somewhere else. These are the many little things that go into LX's removals, as much as it is a road project a lot of effort and planning goes into improving the local area. I kind of trade of for the months/years of disruption. Its amazing what a dog park will get you.
You've also mentioned this is a 'budget' and massive savings. You haven't factored in improvements that would need to be made to surrounding roads to accomodate additional traffic.