I would have been more than happy as a tax payer to have had the government compulsory acquire the neighboring properties (yes I know its very easy to say that when its not my house) at well above market rates to keep everyone as happy as possible and do the job properly from the start.
Why do you think that the State Government has a voluntary purchase scheme for adjacent property owners along the CTD/Skyrail viaducts?
Understand that LD, however the houses are still there and the track was rebuilt with the same two tracks, thus nothing has been gained in regards to travel times despite the countless interruptions to services and squillions of dollars spent.
My suggestion was to compulsory purchase the adjoining properties (which occurred for the RRL and the East west link IIRC), which IMO should have happened as soon as the project got signed off, to allow four tracks to be built from the beginning and have two double track viaducts, which by their design should require less space than 4 single track viaducts and cause less shadow.
Now, whenever the government of the day has the will, or everyone adjoining the line finally voluntarily sells up, we will need to spend squillions more than we should have if it was done properly in the first place (not to mention more bustitutions etc) by re-establishing the worksites and equipment and so. Hence my comment regarding paying well
above current market rates as it should still be a lot cheaper to do that than building it all again in the future.