SRL has released a stack of information on there website, including station footprints, entrances, substation location and a glimpse at possible operations. Daniel Bowen on his blog is predicting a 5-6 minute frequency based on the distance and the 13 trains needed for stage one.
Some comments on the station locations and designs. The biggest is that all the stations will be built using the bottom up method, think Arden & ANZAC, not mined caverns like the city MM stations. Im personally in favour of this, despite the massive disruption that will be caused be digging giant holes in the middle of the suburbs. If done correctly this will allow better surface level connections to the station and allow for development around the new stations once complete. This all goes back to the government '20 minute neighbourhoods' from plan Melbourne, expect each one of the new stations to become activity hubs.
Box Hill - Station is set to be across two levels, I imagine the first level will allow connections into Box Hill Station with SRL platforms bellow. There is no station entrance in Box Hill Gardens, which I think is a missed opportunity with the development along Station Road. This essentially forces people to walk the length of the station to access it. Quite a few buildings lie in the station footprint, including some smaller mid rise towers. An Armchair measure has the station box at 300m long.
Burwood - Station location is set to sit on the corner of McComas Grove and Burwood Highway. With a single entrance 'orientated towards' the Uni and Route 75 tram. What is not obvious in the propaganda is a direct connection to the uni's grounds. Mentioned is 'adjacent' tram and bus interchange to the new station. At a minimum an underpass is going to be needed to connect the uni to the station without forcing thousands of people to cross Burwood Highway everyday. This is would be roughly 100m long from the station box to the middle of the carpark on Holland Av. The station footprint itself is only 200m long. I can see this being a major worksite for SRL as there is plenty of space and no large buildings to acquire. It would be nice to see the route 70 tram extended down Elgar Road to connect to the new station, bring thousands of more people with a short tram ride of the station.
Glen Waverley - The station box is set to consume Glendale Street and the Carpark. The proposed station entrance is on the corner of Glendale Street and Colman Parade. No mention of a 'direct' connection to Glen Waverley, with the station entrance requiring people to walk 170m around to the entrance of Glen Waverley station, despite the platform being 20 meters 'as the crow fly's' from the SRL station box. Some reconfiguration works are going to need to be undertaken at Glen Waverley to provide a direct unground connection, possibly with the platform being expanded to allow a lift and escalators to be built to provide a connection to SRL. The station footprint is 160m long.
Monash - The station will sit below Howleys Road near Normanby Road, several warehouses will need to be acquired. Interestingly the station is smack in the middle of the industrial area, I smell some major development happening hear once the station is complete and the land becomes more valuable. Two station entrances, once servicing the uni. Another mention of a new bus interchange, wonder if this will be in addition to the current Monash Uni interchange or if this will be relocated to sit next to the new SRL Station. There are no points of reference on the map to measure the station box.
Clayton - Station is to be built on the west of Clayton Road, at around 200m long it will consume some retail and residential properties. Two station entrances near Carinish Road, ether side of Clayton Road. Mentions Direct connection to Clayton Station, this is going to require extending a walkway between the two tracks over Clayton Road and then down to the SRL stations. Otherwise we are left with people crossing Clayton Road to access the station. What disappointing is that there is no entrance at the northern end of the station box, which is about 200m from the main entrance to the hospital.
Southland - Station is set to permanently consume William Fry Reserve, with the station box parallel to Bay Road. No direct connection to Westfield or Southland Station. There is mention again of a new bus interchange 'off bay road', a miss not to have a direct connection to the shopping centre. Im sure Westfield wouldn't mind giving up a a few shop front to funnel hundreds of people directly into its centre.
Lets wait and see if these connectivity issues are refined with more detailed station designs.