The Waurn Ponds overpass is being installed next months, and the rails have arrived for the 2nd platform so that should be finished maybe by the end of the year. Should I expect a new timetable as a result? The 2nd track looks pretty long, will they stable a train there overnight? Will the little siding last WP still be used?1. Whole thing is supposed to be finished and commissioned along with Boorcan Loop by 12.2021.
2. On completion Warrnambool gets a fifth train each way on Weekdays. (VLP cannot run 4 reliably now, so going to five tempts just more amexes and short terminations - unless VLP can get their act together and start MANAGING .)
3. The new loop is something like 850m in clear and deisgned to allow crosses of both freight & passes.
4. The Waurn Ponds holding siding just beyond the Anglesea Road Overpass stays as is and allows for several sets to be held clear of the mainline allowing successive closely space services in both am and PM peaks.
Another damning failure at low cost to get a decent section of double track in that for the sake of 1km of track between Waurn Ponds station Loop and Waurn Ponds Holding Siding we could have realized double track from the Up end of Waurn Ponds station to the junction into the new Waurn ponds stabling facility just beyond the former Cemet Works sidings
Just like we have a silly 1 km single track bottlekneck between the Down end of the duplication through Bacchus Marsh and the Up end of Rowsley Loop.(rendering Rowsley Loop in its current form as a "white elephant."
In both cases no-one cares, silo mentalities, no one sitting at the top seeing that such low cost opportunities are exploited. Does not happen with roads projects or in removing "dangerous and congested level crossings" - so why does it happen with rail projects that potentially improve the capacity and operational reliability of the system ?