Call for federal funding for Wollert rail extension

 

News article: Call for federal funding for Wollert rail extension

Whittlesea council is ramping up its campaign for a train line to Wollert by calling for federal funding.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Are these guys advocating for a new line for Wollert or a proposed extension to the Mernda line?

The infrastructure report is calling for work to get moving so should this line go ahead?

A lot of housing I hear is going out that way north of Melbourne which is closer than the Clyde corridor.

Call for federal funding for Wollert rail extension

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  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
And in this episode of 'But what about US?'...
Wollert rail proposal has been around for quite some time now, as some form of branch from the Mernda Line at either Epping or Lalor, Aurora wanted it as part of their super green estate, obviously without forking too much over (IIRC they were willing to pay for the line).
Of course the  problem now is political will, cost and the fact that there is no capacity for such
Both Fed Electorates appear to be held in Labors hands, and its going to make every damn person in this city scream if they find out a billion dollars is being put into a tunnel for the people of Wollert.
  blowfish Junior Train Controller

Why not light rail instead of heavy rail which connects with Epping or Lalor station?

Epping is a activity hub in terms of planning.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Could an extension be planned to connect to the Wallan line from the Mernda line via Wollert?  That would make more sense and support the industry areas also.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Why not light rail instead of heavy rail which connects with Epping or Lalor station?

Epping is a activity hub in terms of planning.
blowfish

Because it would be an orphan...disconnected from the remainder of the tram network.

Mike.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Why not light rail instead of heavy rail which connects with Epping or Lalor station?

Epping is a activity hub in terms of planning.

Because it would be an orphan...disconnected from the remainder of the tram network.

Mike.
The Vinelander
...and why does this make not workable?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
It doesn't directly but you would not have the benefit of shared maintenance and depot facilities which are available on a connected network.  Heavy rail is really the only answer out there as the tram would make it slower and multi-modal (possible triple modal) to get between a premises and the CBD if that is where you were going.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
ALP intends providing money to get the study underway https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/labor-pledges-500-000-to-investigate-wollert-rail-link
  9034 Train Controller

ALP intends providing money to get the study underway https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/labor-pledges-500-000-to-investigate-wollert-rail-link
bevans
And if the Feds are required to fund all the state transport needs,  why do we need state governments?  Seems Victoria has its hand out for whatever it can get.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Victoria complains about not getting handouts for public transport and complains about how little it gets when it goes get money from Canberra.  I cannot find any announcements other than this one regarding smaller projects on the current system in Victoria like Clyde, Drysdale, Mernda to Whittlesea in the current election promises.  This is the only metro related announcement I can locate.
  Yappo Locomotive Fireman
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Could an extension be planned to connect to the Wallan line from the Mernda line via Wollert?  That would make more sense and support the industry areas also.
bevans
Mernda to Cragieburn might work ?
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I believe a former rail of similar alignment actually once existed.
  9034 Train Controller

New infrastructure Vic report lists feasibility study for Wollert as a priority..

https://www.infrastructurevictoria.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Victorias-Draft-30-Year-Infrastructure-Strategy-Volume-1-1.pdf
Yappo

seems to be well down of the list.

Draft recommendation 69 (out of 71)

"While an immediate rail connection to Wollert is not required,"
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
At least some of the alignment has been reserved, since 2018, apparently.
Melways on-line map (street-directory.com.au) shows a "proposed transport alignment" starting north of Cooper St, opposite the main entrance to Epping Plaza S.C., curving NW to get closer to the proposed extension of Edgar St then crossing O'Herns Rd, west of Blainey St, then running north, crossing Rockfield St, before going between Dappleshade Ave and Brunswick Dve, crossing Gammage Blvd to run between Union St and Whitelight Ave and stopping south of Harvest Home Rd. There's no line defining any further route, yet if you zoom in enough there is an alignment set aside, crossing Craigieburn Rd, into a planned estate as far north as a future road named Stonecutter Cres with a large area NE of that which appears to be a station site. There are two stations proposed, called Aurora and Woolert, from the info I've seen.
Based on the starting point marked on the map, the junction would be Lalor, since Epping is literally due east along Cooper St and the alignment points straight at the shopping centre with no curve allowed for. Getting through the shopping centre and the route between Lalor station and Deveny St will be interesting challenges. Some of the V. R. Michael reserve, near Lalor station, will have to be acquired, then weaving between the Oz Post delivery centre and Costco would suggest an alignment for that section before running parallel to the road between Epping Plaza S.C. and the Northern Hospital. It would provide good public transport for both of those high traffic locations. Skyrail anyone for this section; being cheaper than tunneling? Once past Cooper St at ground level is definitely possible, except for LX locations.

Neil
  GheringhapLoop GEEWONG

Location: Gheringhap Vic 3331
No plan to connect to the Seymour line?

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