Bell to Preston LX removal

 
  Tii Junior Train Controller

Activity ramping up on the Bell st to Preston LX removals ahead of the May shutdown. New lowered temp OLE/stanchion supports in for what looks like single track operation as planned for the section. Plenty of side track activity also. I'm guessing they may move the OLE in the shutdown but still plenty of week long shutdowns ahead so who knows yet.  Still some buildings to be demolished though and that might happen then also, clearing more work space.

EDIT- this was meant to be in the 50 Level crossing page. Can anyone move it?

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?
bevans
Stuffed if I know, but it's far from the only LX removal to suffer from this problem.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Except that traffic lights only hold traffic for a minute or so each time, whereas for a level crossing it is a complete unknown.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I assume that you are talking about Co-boorg here @bevans pretty sure that I read somewhere that the cycling lobby wanted a bridge or underpass but didn't get their way

Hopefully the ped/bike lights will be synced to the intersection at Sydney Rd to minimise disruption
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?
bevans
Stuffed if I know, but it's far from the only LX removal to suffer from this problem.
"Djebel"

Springvale rd in Nunawading is not much better, from Whitehorse Rd heading South there are three pedestrian crossings in the viciniyu of Railway St as well as an underground crossing at the station, absoulety blood hopeless for road traffic.
  historian Deputy Commissioner

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?
bevans

Do you mean the pedestrian crossing right underneath the new grade separation?

That pedestrian crossing has been there for years. It is not a new pedestrian crossing installed as part of the level crossing removal. It's part of the bicycle path that runs from Royal Park to Gowrie, and may even predate the provision of the path.
  chomper Junior Train Controller

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?
bevans

Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?

Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.
chomper

It is amazing smeg.  Defeats the entire purpose of removing the level crossing and creating better traffic flow.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?

Do you mean the pedestrian crossing right underneath the new grade separation?

That pedestrian crossing has been there for years. It is not a new pedestrian crossing installed as part of the level crossing removal. It's part of the bicycle path that runs from Royal Park to Gowrie, and may even predate the provision of the path.
historian
Yes and that is the whole point - the railway line was there for years too but has been raised to allow better traffic flow

Yet the opportunity was not taken to also do the seemingly simple and obvious job of lowering or raising the bicycle / pedestrian crossing at the same time to improve flow for both cars and bikes

Just dumb. The bike path is extremely busy and the cyclists resent having to stop and wait there as much as the cars travelling across their path
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?
bevans
20 metres you say? Sounds like it's been set up so the police can set up camp to fine jaywalkers who don't want to wait 90-120 seconds for the lights to change while their train is pulling in! Instead of, you know, not having two minutes of green time for through traffic right outside a railway station or other pedestrian-heavy sites like shopping centres (the pedestrian crossing between Ringwood station and Eastland is just as bad).

Legally, you can walk slightly more than 20 metres away (or in customary units, a B2 class tram length) from a signallised crossing and cross with care, and the cops can't do crap. Put two crossings within 40 metres of each other and it's illegal to go between the crossings.
  Heihachi_73 Chief Commissioner

Location: Terminating at Ringwood
Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.
chomper
Same thing in Ringwood (again) at the west end of Eastland at Bond St. They removed the southern ped crossing from Bond St (the intersection used to have crossings on all four sides) and moved it 50 metres south so people could cross outside the Costco laneway, so now there's a crossing at Maroondah Hwy, Costco, Bond St and outside the Law Courts (which also has a redundant crossing on the footpath facing the pedestrians, so that cars can get right-of-way entering a carpark which is up a kerb anyway - no-one follows that one, even uniformed police officers walk through the red man with the tens of other pedestrians).
  Tii Junior Train Controller

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?

Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.

It is amazing smeg.  Defeats the entire purpose of removing the level crossing and creating better traffic flow.
bevans
Much like Reservoir station, the road layout remained the same but all newly resurfaced, The station forecourt is too narrow for any future tram to pass through if the 11 tram is ever extended (in another election promise) to Reservoir station or to Latrobe uni. The LXRA said it wasn't part of their scope and a council/vicroads thing when they want to do it.  3 roundabouts would mostly have kept the spaghetti junction flowing along I think. If the station had been moved 20-50 metres south, it would have left space for an east/west connection for buses/pedestrians and trams. Oh well.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?

Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.

It is amazing smeg.  Defeats the entire purpose of removing the level crossing and creating better traffic flow.
Much like Reservoir station, the road layout remained the same but all newly resurfaced, The station forecourt is too narrow for any future tram to pass through if the 11 tram is ever extended (in another election promise) to Reservoir station or to Latrobe uni. The LXRA said it wasn't part of their scope and a council/vicroads thing when they want to do it.  3 roundabouts would mostly have kept the spaghetti junction flowing along I think. If the station had been moved 20-50 metres south, it would have left space for an east/west connection for buses/pedestrians and trams. Oh well.
Tii
The objective was to get the at grade railway crossing out of the picture, and that's what they did.

Other Government Departments need to step up and complete auxiliary works (If they have will and means to do so)
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?

Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.

It is amazing smeg.  Defeats the entire purpose of removing the level crossing and creating better traffic flow.
Much like Reservoir station, the road layout remained the same but all newly resurfaced, The station forecourt is too narrow for any future tram to pass through if the 11 tram is ever extended (in another election promise) to Reservoir station or to Latrobe uni. The LXRA said it wasn't part of their scope and a council/vicroads thing when they want to do it.  3 roundabouts would mostly have kept the spaghetti junction flowing along I think. If the station had been moved 20-50 metres south, it would have left space for an east/west connection for buses/pedestrians and trams. Oh well.
The objective was to get the at grade railway crossing out of the picture, and that's what they did.

Other Government Departments need to step up and complete auxiliary works (If they have will and means to do so)
Nightfire
And when those auxiliary works require the closing of the train line to achieve what could have been easily achieved for very little extra while they were doing the LX removal?  Then they get put in the to hard basket, and greatly reduce the effectiveness of the LX removal.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland

And when those auxiliary works require the closing of the train line to achieve what could have been easily achieved for very little extra while they were doing the LX removal?  Then they get put in the to hard basket, and greatly reduce the effectiveness of the LX removal.
Djebel
No, the railway Is out of the picture, so no need to close It, we are talking roadworks / streetscape works.
  Goose13 Station Master

Location: Having a sook about Southern cross's western wall
Lets not get too hyperbolic, there is still immense benefit in the removal. Not having another hour added to my commute because someone drove onto the tracks at reservoir has immensely improved the Mernda Line for me.

I kinda also don't see how another set of lights is such an end of the world scenario; even if the bike path was raised, with the new landscaping and upgrades the Upfield shared path is still very much going to be used by runners/ walkers/ dog walkers...ect all whom I do not think would appreciate suddenly having to do 20m~40m doglegs every road intersection along the trail / would probably prefer the at grade solution for the additional greenery along the route (as opposed to some weird sky-walk thing).

As for traffic impacts, surely you could run both sets of ped crossing timings close together if not synchronously? If the crossing under the rail line demanded more frequent cycles, pawning off all of its users onto the one down the road would not be beneficial either I would think.
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

And when those auxiliary works require the closing of the train line to achieve what could have been easily achieved for very little extra while they were doing the LX removal?  Then they get put in the to hard basket, and greatly reduce the effectiveness of the LX removal.
No, the railway Is out of the picture, so no need to close It, we are talking roadworks / streetscape works.
Nightfire
In many cases the suggested pedestrian underpass would be best placed in the railway cutting.  Do you think Metro will look kindly on someone digging out a 2m wide path at the top of the cutting while the trains go past?  Ergo to get rid of the pedestrian crossing, the rail line must be closed during (at least part of) construction.
  Tii Junior Train Controller

I have feedback on the Bell Street level crossing removal just west of Sydney Road.  (Not sure of the station)

Why go to the length of removing the crossing for better vehicle flow and rail across the top and then put in a set of pedestrian lights only 20 metres from another set to hold traffic up once again.  Where do these planners get their degrees?

Because idiocy. It is one of the dumbest decisions in the entire level crossing removal project. Springvale Road comes to mind as an earlier example but this one is the new leader. I use Bell St at least a dozen times a week and it never ceases to impress the level of stupidity required to put a pedestrian crossing like you said, 20 metres from an existing traffic light intersection.

It is amazing smeg.  Defeats the entire purpose of removing the level crossing and creating better traffic flow.
Much like Reservoir station, the road layout remained the same but all newly resurfaced, The station forecourt is too narrow for any future tram to pass through if the 11 tram is ever extended (in another election promise) to Reservoir station or to Latrobe uni. The LXRA said it wasn't part of their scope and a council/vicroads thing when they want to do it.  3 roundabouts would mostly have kept the spaghetti junction flowing along I think. If the station had been moved 20-50 metres south, it would have left space for an east/west connection for buses/pedestrians and trams. Oh well.
The objective was to get the at grade railway crossing out of the picture, and that's what they did.

Other Government Departments need to step up and complete auxiliary works (If they have will and means to do so)
Nightfire
Yep objective achieved on that. Unfortunately the whole structure is an impediment to fixing the road junction below which remains an illogical mess- the government agencies need to work in unison for the time or for the future. LXRA said they left provision for Vicroads to modify the intersection at some point if they want to, but I don't see it. The station superstructure is too far north. Oh well, another mess remains
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
And when those auxiliary works require the closing of the train line to achieve what could have been easily achieved for very little extra while they were doing the LX removal?  Then they get put in the to hard basket, and greatly reduce the effectiveness of the LX removal.
No, the railway Is out of the picture, so no need to close It, we are talking roadworks / streetscape works.
In many cases the suggested pedestrian underpass would be best placed in the railway cutting.  Do you think Metro will look kindly on someone digging out a 2m wide path at the top of the cutting while the trains go past?  Ergo to get rid of the pedestrian crossing, the rail line must be closed during (at least part of) construction.
Djebel
No, the grade separations are designed to have provision for all the foreseeable auxiliary works, so there will not be any digging In the limits of approach.

If they didn't get rid of a pedestrian crossing during grade separation works, well that's a pretty good Indication they have no plans to do so.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I assume that's because they are cared for by different authorities and that the pedestrian and cycle path carries far less pedestrians and cyclists than train passengers on the railway?
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

And when those auxiliary works require the closing of the train line to achieve what could have been easily achieved for very little extra while they were doing the LX removal?  Then they get put in the to hard basket, and greatly reduce the effectiveness of the LX removal.
No, the railway Is out of the picture, so no need to close It, we are talking roadworks / streetscape works.
In many cases the suggested pedestrian underpass would be best placed in the railway cutting.  Do you think Metro will look kindly on someone digging out a 2m wide path at the top of the cutting while the trains go past?  Ergo to get rid of the pedestrian crossing, the rail line must be closed during (at least part of) construction.
No, the grade separations are designed to have provision for all the foreseeable auxiliary works, so there will not be any digging In the limits of approach.

If they didn't get rid of a pedestrian crossing during grade separation works, well that's a pretty good Indication they have no plans to do so.
Nightfire
Totally agree there are no pans to do so.  My point is that they SHOULD have gotten rid of it when they did the LX removal works.  4 pedestrian light cycles (on average) per peak hour train is not appreciably better than the level crossing was.
  Tii Junior Train Controller

Well the LXRA page says both Preston and Bell station buildings will be demolished in the coming shutdown. New temp station facilities moved away from the platforms and track and electrical work , so I'm guessing almost ready for single track running soon.

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