Good to see the Libs finally coming to the party. Whether any of these would actually end up being removed under a hypothetical Liberal government is another matter - we all know their record.Altona Loop crossings should be removed as part of duplication.
Most of them actually don't look too bad. There's clear bias towards the east which is to be expected but it's not like Labor hasn't had some incredibly politically motivated crossing removals like on the Franga line.
Given the recent announcements about Geelong Fast Rail, I would like to see as many of the remaining Werribee line crossings (excluding the Altona Loop) go as possible, perhaps instead of the ones way out on the Belgrave or Hurstbridge lines or the Sandringham line ones they have proposed at least in the short term. I would also prioritise getting rid of all of the Pakenham and Sunbury line crossings so that the Metro Tunnel can run level crossing free. We should focus more on the train capacity side of things in removing the crossings that limit frequency the most.
From this it seems pretty clear that level crossing removals are here to stay in Melbourne. They are popular, and while they might potentially have limited benefits compared to other projects, they provide that feeling of satisfaction that you know longer have to worry about the crossing on your commute/journey. Hopefully the Libs have ditched their ridiculous road intersection plan as part of this.
I would expect Labor to commit to removing an additional 25 level crossings by 2030 anyway by the next election, with this hopefully including more of the crossings I mentioned.
1. Re-route all Werribee trains via duplicated Altona Loop, giving Geelong trains free access to Newport-Laverton express tracks
2. Duplicate to Altona, then new track to Point Cook in anticipation of Metro 2.