Your welcome to continue to pipe-dream half a billion. But that will not happen.The entire station will be rebuilt no matter how the fly over is factored in. Having a road overpass is going to limit the construction of a traditional fly over.Well if we must nit pick about the tram connect.
86 tram stop to Clifton Hill = 350m
86 tram stop to Westgarth = 280m
So we are left with very nearby Clifton Hill pax destined for Hurstbridge, and
Up Mernda pax change for down Hurstbridge.
Both those need to be considered. Count them instead of guessing theory.
I did say some hard decisions needed for the greater benefit.
As for a uni directional stopping pattern for Clifton Hill? Never going to happen. Would be a passenger usability nightmare being able to only alight a service in one direction. Substantial money is going to be invested and major earth works will be required, can't see them skimping to save. The government of the day would be roasted.
Queensland just made a similar decision in relation to Cross River. Opting to spend and extra billion dollars on a more complicated station location that would allow for interchange, over making passengers walk 9 minutes.
As for Ramsden street, if the station is to be sunk and moved in the down direction then paving a road over the top is a minor expense. I imagine there would be plenty of NIMBY's to ensure the road remains open.
Im Not sure how SRL is going to assist people wanting to access the inner areas of Fitzroy and Carlton.
All on the premise of some inconvenience to an unknown number. Count them and then we'll know.
Short estimate of the importance of Ramsden St to LXRA. It's nowhere near the list, the traffic does not justify.
Sure the road overpass limits "traditional fly over". The clearance is an unusually high 4.8m, so a non-traditional approach is worth a look.
PS its been said before, and worth repeating. The down station is Heritage listed, and rightly so. It will not be bulldozed.