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Peter Maltezos's picture
#52

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/preston-and-reservoir-crossings-to-go-in-l...

Preston And Reservoir Crossings To Go In Labor Government Blitz

4 January 2016

Work to remove the level crossings at High Street in Reservoir and at Bell Street in Preston will commence in 2018 as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s removal of 50 of the most dangerous and congested crossings across Melbourne.

Inspecting the notoriously congested High Street level crossing with local Member Robin Scott today, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the removal of these crossings would make moving around Melbourne’s north quicker and safer for local residents, businesses and visitors.

Planning and technical investigations for both removals will start in the coming months, with both the Reservoir and Bell train stations to be rebuilt as part of the project.

These are two of the most dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s north with both experiencing collisions, near misses and tragically, a fatality at High St.

The Labor Government is getting rid of these congested death-traps, making it safer for local residents, businesses and visitors.

Further up the South Morang line, planning for a rail extension from South Morang to Mernda is currently underway. This means it is even more important to remove these level crossings so we can create capacity to run more trains along the South Morang line.

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Alastair Taylor's picture
#53

I wonder if they'll install two crossovers somewhere near Thornbury and Ruthven so that trains could operate independently from City to Thornbury and South Morang and just replace trains between Ruthven and Thornbury during construction.

Likewise looking forward (the most actually) to seeing the design of the new Reservoir Station - enormous opportunity to de-clusterf*ck the road network and then use any surplus land for development.

There's a large aqueduct in the area (no?) so I assume that rail under road grade level will be prohibitive.... hoping for a rail over road grade set up at long last!

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Aussie Steve's picture
#54

I think the Reservoir Structure Plan shows the rail going over as the best and easiest option. I am sure someone could track down the document online and post some images ;)

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Aussie Steve's picture
#55

Could the proposed West Preston tram extension actually continue along The Boulevard from Edwards St, then south along Bolderwood Pde to Plenty Road? It would be a great connection for the Plenty Road tram to link to Reservoir and the train station.

Dare I say, maybe even south along Albert St and Station to to Fairfield? Maybe I am just being overly grandiose now. ;)

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#56

Alistair, I saw Kevin dvlin (Ce level crossings authority) speak at a transport industry function late last year and he was suggesting in general they are looking to make rail shutdowns for connecting in old and new as short as possible. If reservoir is rail over then it's conceivable the whole thing could be built with only 1/2 weekend shutdowns to Build the tie ins with everything else offline.

Re: rail over - Steve unsure on the structure plan but I've definitely seen a statement from the council saying they support rail over. This is one of the ones that Ian woodcocks uni of Melbourne study looked at it some detail and I think the concepts helped capture the imagination of what wasp possible with a good rail over design.

Re: trams. the route 11 extension is one that will no doubt bubble away for years. It generally involves extension to reservoir (various routes including along the drainage easement or as you proposed Edwards street). Some then advocate to push further west to plenty road. No one suggests going all the way to Fairfield though and I doubt anyone ever will.

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johnproctor's picture
#57

I should say from my memory bell street is as much narrower corridor and I'll definitely be interested to see the solution there. Both would be let together for efficiencies but high street will be a lot easier I would say.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#58

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/elevated-rail-could-run-through-melbou...

Elevated rail could run through Melbourne's south-east in level crossing project

January 11, 2016 - 12:57PM Adam Carey

The Dandenong rail corridor would be rebuilt on a viaduct for much of its length, with trains running above street level through Melbourne's south-east, under a proposal to upgrade the city's busiest railway line.

The proposed elevated rail line between Caulfield and Dandenong would form part of the Andrews government's $2.5 billion upgrade of the Cranbourne-Pakenham railway corridor, including removing nine congested level crossings and rebuilding four stations. 

Thirty-seven new, longer trains with space for an extra 200 passengers will also be designed and built for the line, increasing capacity by up to 42 per cent, according to the state government.

Labor has committed to complete the multibillion-dollar upgrade by 2018, with work due to begin early this year but has not yet revealed designs for the complex project. It is believed that designs for an elevated rail line have been submitted by a bidder hoping to work on the project. 

The Opposition seized on the proposal as evidence Labor is looking for a "cheaper option" to remove the level crossings, which it said would blight neighbourhoods and increase noise. 

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Nicholas Harrison's picture
#59

Makes more sense on the Frankston line where elevated rail is also under consideration according to the Herald Sun.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#60

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/first-of-50-dangerous-and-congested-level-...

First Of 50 Dangerous And Congested Level Crossings Gone

13 January 2016

The dangerous and congested level crossing on Burke Road in Glen Iris is gone, the first of 50 that will be removed by the Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan in Glen Iris today to see Burke Road re-open to traffic without boom gates for the first time.

The level crossing on Burke Road was one of Melbourne’s worst. The boom gates were down for up to 40 minutes between 7:00am-9:00am – a third of the morning peak – causing queues onto the Monash Freeway.

More than 25,000 vehicles, 150 trains, and 180 trams travel through this busy intersection every day, making it one of the most complicated, congested and dangerous level crossings in Victoria.

The RACV named it one of Melbourne’s top 10 congestion hot spots every year since 2006.

Removing the boom gates will make it quicker, easier and safer for motorists, commuters, and locals to get to work, school and back home again at the end of the day.

Works on the new Gardiner Station and tracks under Burke Road will continue this week, with trains to return on Monday with the opening of the new station.

Finishing works on the station precinct and construction of the car park will continue throughout the first half of 2016.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#61

http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

LATEST NEWS

ONE DOWN, 49 TO GO!

Today marks a significant milestone on the Level Crossing Removal Project, with the first of 50 level crossings removed.

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#62

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/eight-day-construction-blitz-on-three-leve...

Eight-Day Construction Blitz On Three Level Crossings

24 January 2016

An eight-day construction blitz to remove three dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s south-east is underway.

Acting Premier James Merlino and Acting Public Transport Minister Luke Donnellan visited McKinnon Road today to inspect progress on the removal of the level crossing and the rebuilding of nearby McKinnon Station.

Work is also underway at North and Centre Road level crossings, which are being removed as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s project to get rid of 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across Melbourne.

These crossings are nestled in the heart of busy shopping strips, and are some of Victoria’s most dangerous. In just over a decade, there have been three deaths and dozens of near-misses at these level crossings.

They are also horribly congested. Each weekday the boom gates are down between 30 minutes to 48 minutes during the two-hour morning peak, disrupting more than 60,000 cars and trucks, and three public bus routes.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#63

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/no-more-level-crossings-between-dandenong-...

No More Level Crossings Between Dandenong And The City

7 February 2016

The Andrews Labor Government has unveiled the design to remove the nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating sections of the Cranbourne-Pakenham line and transforming Melbourne’s busiest rail corridor into public open space.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan today released designs for the $1.6 billion project to remove every level crossing between the Caulfield and Dandenong.

These level crossings are Melbourne’s worst – with some boom gates down for more than 87 minutes in the morning peak. Removing them will slash congestion, improve safety and allow more trains to run.

The project includes five new stations to be built at Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park, and upgraded signalling and power along the corridor.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#64

Murrumbeena Station proposal.

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

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#65

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/resident-fury-continues-at-lack-of-con...

Resident fury continues at lack of consultation on 'sky rail' plan

February 8, 2016 - 6:15PM

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An artist's impression of the elevated rail line as it passes through Murumbeena.

Residents in Melbourne's south-east who live next to railway tracks to be elevated up to nine metres are outraged at the lack of consultation before Premier Daniel Andrews announced the $1.6 billion project.

The government has selected a consortium including CIMIC (formerly Leighton) and Lendlease as the preferred bidder to remove nine level crossings and rebuild five railway stations between Caulfield and Dandenong.

The government argues the elevated rail design – dubbed "sky rail" – will remove the physical barrier between suburbs by creating open space, car parking, cycle trails and walking paths beneath the rail lines. 

It will, the government's engineering advice says, also result in less noise and have a range of other benefits.

But furious residents whose homes will be affected by the project gathered on Monday for a second day, this time at the Treasury offices, to vent their frustration at not being told more about the project before the government signed off on it.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#66

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/three-level-crossings-to-make-way-for-new-...

Three Level Crossings To Make Way For New Community Space

8 February 2016

The ugly rail line that divides Noble Park will become new open community space under plans to remove the dangerous and congested level crossings at Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads in Noble Park.

The Andrews Labor Government yesterday released designs for the $1.6 billion project to remove every level crossing between the Caulfield and Dandenong.

Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan today visited Noble Park train station, which will be completely rebuilt as part of the work, bringing it closer to Heatherton Road and integrating it into the Douglas Street activity centre.

A 2.7 kilometre modern, elevated rail line will be built over Corrigan, Heatherton and Chandler Roads, creating huge amounts of community open space for new parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities, car parking and a range of other uses that will be chosen by locals.

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drunkill's picture
#67

Looks great, build it.

I live ~300m from Carnegie station, I rarely visit the shops north of the railline because it is a pain to cross. Elevated is a good outcome as it'll retain numerous crossings between the existing level crossings for pedestrians which no doubt they wouldn't include with a trench design and it means a bike path can finally be built between hughesdale and Caulfield in a continuous trail.

Render of a station platform from the new video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lHNQJAbJRI
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Edit, plans are out on the new community website: http://your.levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/

Station design (Clayton shown)
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Carnegie:
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion
Carnegie community area: Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Murrumbeena:
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Hughesdale:
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Clayton:
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Noble Park:
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#68

http://www.theage.com.au/comment/less-an-eyesore-than-an-eye-opener-sky-...

Sky rail more an eye opener than an eyesore

February 11, 2016 - 7:20AM, Julie Szego

Protesters are selfishly moaning about a project that could be good for Melbourne.

The announcement of a major infrastructure project, in this instance the state government's sky rail proposal, is overshadowed by "angry" protesters (can protesters ever be moderately agitated?), politicking from the opposition and an overarching poverty of imagination. Welcome to Melbourne: where bold ideas are immediately torn down and the selfish and small-minded have right of way.

The government proceeds on its election promise to remove the railway crossings that bring gridlock to suburban streets, cripple the capacity of trains to run more frequently and cost the economy billions. But according to some local petitioners, the plan to replace the level crossings on three sections of line from Caulfield to Cranbourne/Pakenham with elevated rail is an outrage.

According to the objectors, a rail tunnel is the only acceptable option, thus rendering any other option a cynical manoeuvre. I'm yet to hear a convincing argument why the new line must go underground. Admittedly, the government could do a better job explaining why it need not do so — why tunnelling this stretch of line would be too disruptive, expensive or restrictive from an urban planning perspective.

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Aussie Steve's picture
#69

That last article published above is the best yet. Well said.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#70

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/skyrail-project-score-a-skyfail-on-pro...

Skyrail project scores a skyfail on proper consultation: planners

February 15, 2016 - 7:28PM Clay Lucas

The plan to elevate rail lines in Melbourne's south-east as a way of removing nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong lacked a proper process to involve the community, planners have told the Andrews government.

It comes as the head of Infrastructure Victoria, the state government body created to devise a 30-year plan for the state's infrastructure needs, said his organisation had not been asked about the plan.

The government last week announced its plan to start construction this year on the removal of level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong railway stations.

But it surprised locals living along the rail tracks by announcing three separate sections of concrete elevated rail tracks would be built, up to three storeys high.

While there has been strong support for the project from transport experts and industry, locals affected by it have reacted furiously, saying they had little or no warning of the plan.

Now, the Victorian branch of Planning Institute, which represents the state's urban planners, has said there was a failure to successfully engage with the residents who will be worst affected by the project.

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Michael Berquez's picture
#71

Please tell me the Toorak Rd/Entry onto Monash Freeway cross level is being removed as part of this plan. It's gotta be the worst intersection in Melbourne.

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drunkill's picture
#72

Not a level crossing removal, but a grade separation removal. Removing the North Road overpass (and bottleneck) at Huntindale using the 'skytrain' Elevated rail in the area.

Removing the overpass would allow for three lanes (plus bus lane) on each carriageway, doubling the throughput of the existing two lane overpass. It would re-connect the south side of North Road to the community shopping strip, allowing people who live nearby to access the shops easier without requiring cars.

It would reclaim a lot of land which is used for the current intersection, either turning it into grassland or developments surrounding the new intersection and station.

The station would be 4 platforms and act as an interchange for the Rowville line, which would continue up the median of North Road to at least Monash University, if not Mulgrave or Rowville.

The current intersection & my basic proposal to fix it with rebuilding & adding in the elevated rail:
Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

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Aussie Steve's picture
#73

That is a great outcome and some much needed open space to boot! Well done.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#74

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/easter-blitz-to-fast-track-level-crossing-...

Easter Blitz To Fast-Track Level Crossing Removals

3 March 2016

Construction in Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh will ramp up over Easter, enabling three of Victoria’s worst level crossings – at North, McKinnon and Centre Roads – to be removed months ahead of schedule.

Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan at McKinnon Road level crossing this morning, where the boom gates are down for more than 45 minutes in the morning peak.

Construction crews will take advantage of the quieter Easter holiday period to lay bridge decks at McKinnon and Centre roads, which will enable traffic to flow while the lowered train line is dug underneath.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#75

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/bayside-residents-mobilise-against-sky...

Bayside residents mobilise against sky rail on the Frankston line

March 5, 2016 - 5:15PM Farrah Tomazin

Melbourne Level Crossings - projects / discussion

Illustration: Matt Golding

Lori Weare and her children moved into a unit in Bonbeach 18 months ago, drawn by the hallmarks of bayside life: picturesque beaches; nearby transport; shopping strips devoid of maddening crowds.

Now, like many of her neighbours, Miss Weare finds herself at the centre of a community battle to stop elevated rail being built near her home – and is even contemplating selling up unless the Andrews government rules out the prospect.

"If the sky rail goes ahead I will pack up and move as I have no intention of living next to an eyesore," she says. "It will ruin the beautiful bayside suburb we live in and will look completely ridiculous."

The mother-of-two is hoping it doesn't come to that. After all, Daniel Andrews has already faced a backlash over plans to elevate sections of the track between Caulfield and Dandenong in order to fulfil his pledge to remove level crossings along the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail corridor.

But while the Premier said last week that particular decision was irreversible, residents along the Frankston train line – where Miss Weare lives – have two things on their side: politics and time.

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#76

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/sky-rail-on-a-high-as-transport-groups...

Friends in high places: transport groups back elevated rail plan

March 7, 2016 - 3:59PM Adam Carey

Motoring, public transport, cycling and pedestrian lobby groups are united in their support of sky rail, the contentious plan to raise nine kilometres of the Dandenong rail line.

In a surprising show of solidarity, the RACV, Bus Association Victoria, Bicycle Network, Victoria Walks and the Public Transport Users Association have all endorsed the Andrews government's elevated rail plan to remove nine of Melbourne's worst level crossings.

The plan has provoked a fierce backlash from residents, who fear the rail viaduct will build a barrier between communities, attract crime and graffiti, increase noise from trains and reduce property values.

Residents along the rail line through Melbourne's south-east have also objected to being given scant hint of the decision to rebuild the line above-ground instead of digging a rail trench.

The state opposition has marshalled the community anger into a well-organised anti-sky rail campaign that has spread to suburbs along the Frankston line, where designs for the planned removal of 11 level crossings are still up in the air.

But these arguments have been rejected by four influential transport groups, who all argue that sky rail will benefit Melbourne's transport network.

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