Level crossing removal update Nov 2018

Sometimes my blog posts are like buses or trams. You wait ages, then two show up in close succession.

I wanted to get this out before the election: an update on the level crossing removals, a popular project which brings benefits to motorists, pedestrians and public transport users alike.

In 2014, Labor pledged 50 by 2022, with 20 of those to have been completed by the end of 2018. They’ve actually completed 29. (The pledge of 50 actually became 51 because Park Street in Cheltenham got added due to proximity to Charman Road.)

For this election, Labor pledged another 25 to be completed by 2025. Yesterday they finally announced the final 3 of that list; the crossings between Sunshine and the Ballarat/Geelong line junction in Deer Park.

The Coalition, by my count, has pledged 8. Some of these include crossings that were in Labor’s original list of 50, and some are in Labor’s expanded list. The only crossing pledged by the Coalition that doesn’t appear in either of Labor’s lists is Warrigal Road in Mentone.

By implication, this appears to mean that if the Coalition wins government, any crossing removals not already commenced (I count currently 17 in planning) will not happen.

Anyway, here’s the list again. I’m happy to take corrections – solid information from the parties is a little hard to find.

Rank Location Road Suburb Status 11/2018 Year Design Planning funding Removal funding Completed by
1 Metro Main Rd St Albans Completed 2016 Rail under
Coalition Labor
2 Metro Furlong Rd St Albans Completed 2016 Rail under
Labor Labor
3 Metro Bell St Coburg Planning 2022 Rail over
Labor
4 Non-Metro Werribee St Werribee Planning 2022

Labor
5 Metro Clayton Rd Clayton Completed 2018 Rail over
Coalition 2014 Labor
6 Metro Macaulay Rd (Craigieburn line) Kensington





7 Metro Bell St Preston Planning




8 Metro Glenroy Rd Glenroy Planning 2022

Labor
9 Metro Grange Rd Carnegie Completed 2018 Rail over
Labor Labor
10 Metro Cherry St Werribee Planning 2022

Labor
11 Metro Union Rd Surrey Hills Labor pledge 2018




12 Metro North Rd Ormond Completed 2016 Rail under
Coalition 2014 Labor
13 Metro Aviation Rd Laverton Underway 2020 Road over
Labor
14 Metro Blackburn Rd Blackburn Completed 2017 Rail under
Coalition 2014 Labor
15 Metro Buckley St Essendon Completed 2018 Road under
Labor
16 Metro Old Geelong Rd Hoppers Crossing Labor pledge 2018




17 Metro Mc Gregor Rd Pakenham Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Labor: Rail over / Coalition: Rail under


18 Metro Riversdale Rd Camberwell





19 Metro Ferguson St Williamstown Planning 2022

Labor
20 Metro Lower Plenty Rd Rosanna Completed 2018 Rail over
Labor Labor
21 Metro Station St Fairfield





22 Metro Murray Rd Preston Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


23 Metro Station St Carrum Underway
Rail over

Labor
24 Metro Centre Rd Clayton Completed 2018 Rail over
Coalition 2014 Labor
25 Metro Seaford Rd Seaford Completed 2018 Rail over

Labor
26 Metro Moreland Rd Brunswick Planning 2020 Rail over
Labor
27 Metro Heatherton Rd Noble Park Completed 2018 Rail over Coalition 2014 Labor Labor
28 Metro Charman Rd Cheltenham Planning + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under
Labor
29 Metro Clyde Rd (Berwick – Cranbourne Rd) Berwick Planning




30 Metro Toorak Rd Kooyong Planning




31 Metro Hallam Rd Hallam Planning




32 Metro Swanpool Av Chelsea Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under


33 Metro Racecourse Rd Pakenham Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Labor: Rail over / Coalition: Rail under


34 Metro Koornang Rd Carnegie Completed 2018 Rail over
Coalition 2014 Labor
35 Metro Webster St Dandenong Labor pledge 2018
Road under


36 Metro Tooronga Rd Malvern





37 Metro Chandler Rd Noble Park Completed 2018 Rail over Coalition 2014 Labor Labor
38 Metro Station St (near Mernda Ave) Bonbeach

Closing


39 Metro Skye Rd (Overton Rd) Frankston Completed 2018 Rail over
Labor Labor
40 Metro Keon Pde Keon Park





41 Metro Gaffney St Coburg North





42 Metro Sth Gippsland Hwy Dandenong Planning




43 Metro Maidstone St (Werribee line) Altona





44 Metro Scoresby Rd Bayswater Completed 2016 Rail under Coalition 2013 Coalition ? Labor
45 Metro Webb St Narre Warren





46 Metro South Rd Brighton





47 Metro Main St Pakenham Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Labor: Rail over / Coalition: Rail under


48 Metro High St Glen Iris





49 Metro Grange Rd Alphington Completed 2018 Rail under
Labor Labor
50 Metro Corrigan Rd Noble Park Completed 2018 Rail over Coalition 2014 Labor Labor
51 Metro Maroondah Hwy Lilydale Planning / Coalition pledge 2018




52 Non-Metro Fitzgerald Rd Ardeer Labor pledge 2018
Road under


53 Metro Puckle St Moonee Ponds





54 Metro Cramer St Preston Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


55 Metro Centre Rd Bentleigh Completed 2016 Rail under
Labor Labor
56 Metro Prospect Hill Rd Riversdale





57 Metro Normanby Av Thornbury





58 Metro Box Forest Rd Glenroy





59 Metro Brunswick Rd Brunswick





60 Metro Hampton St Hampton





61 Metro Burke Rd Glen Iris Completed 2016 Rail under
Coalition 2014 Labor
62 Metro Poath Rd Hughesdale Completed 2018 Rail over Coalition 2014 Labor Labor
63 Metro Lochiel Av Edithvale





64 Light Rail Bridport St South Melbourne





65 Metro Glenferrie Rd Kooyong





66 Metro High St Reservoir Planning
Rail over


67 Metro Hudsons Rd Spotswood





68 Metro Edithvale Rd Edithvale Planning + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under
Labor
69 Metro Glen Huntly Rd Glenhuntly Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under


70 Metro Madden Gv Burnley





71 Metro Macaulay Rd (Upfield line) North Melbourne





72 Metro Glen Eira Rd Ripponlea





73 Metro Murrumbeena Rd Murrumbeena Completed 2018 Rail over
Coalition 2014 Labor
74 Metro Munro St Coburg Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


75 Metro Warrigal Rd Mentone Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under


76 Light Rail Railway Av (Swallow Ave) Port Melbourne





77 Metro Chelsea Rd Chelsea Labor + Coalition pledge 2018




78 Metro Mc Kinnon Rd McKinnon Completed 2016 Rail under
Labor Labor
79 Metro Argyle Av Chelsea Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under


80 Metro Highett Rd Highett





81 Metro Mountain Hwy Bayswater Completed 2016
Coalition 2013 Labor ? Labor
82 Metro Mont Albert Rd Mont Albert Labor pledge 2018




83 Metro Devon Rd Pascoe Vale





84 Metro Bondi Rd Bonbeach Planning + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under
Labor
85 Metro Eel Race Rd Carrum Underway
Closure
Labor
86 Metro Westgarth St Northcote





87 Metro Victoria Rd Fairfield





88 Metro Bay St North Brighton





89 Metro Station St Seaford





90 Metro Marshall St Ivanhoe





91 Metro Heatherdale Rd Ringwood Completed 2017 Rail under
Labor Labor
92 Metro Bear St Mordialloc





93 Metro Champion Rd Newport





94 Metro Armstrongs Rd Seaford





95 Non-Metro Grant St (Parwan Rd) Bacchus Marsh





96 Metro Dawson St Brunswick





97 Metro Park St Parkville





98 Metro Bedford Rd Ringwood





99 Metro Lincoln Pde Aspendale





100 Metro Anderson St Yarraville





101 Metro Gaffney St Pascoe Vale





102 Metro O Hea St Coburg





103 Metro Maidstone St (Altona Loop) Altona





104 Metro Station St Beaconsfield





105 Metro Park Rd Cheltenham Planning + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under
Labor
106 Metro Boundary Rd Fawkner





107 Metro Albion St Brunswick





108 Metro Balcombe Rd Mentone Planning + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under
Labor
109 Non-Metro Station Rd (Mt Derrimut Rd) Deer Park Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


110 Non-Metro Oak St Bendigo





111 Metro Paschke Cr Epping





112 Metro Arthurton Rd Northcote





113 Metro Oakover Rd Preston Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


114 Non-Metro Humffray St Ballarat





115 Metro Arden St North Melbourne





116 Metro Regent St Preston





117 Metro Dublin Rd Ringwood East





118 Non-Metro Moorooduc Hwy (Mc Mahons Rd) Frankston





119 Non-Metro North Shore Rd (Station St) Corio





120 Metro Greville St Prahran





121 Metro Parkers Rd Parkdale





122 Light Rail Beach St Port Melbourne





123 Metro Maddox Rd Newport





124 Metro Brunt Rd Officer





125 Metro Ruthven St Macleod





126 Metro Progress St Dandenong South





127 Metro Park St Moonee Ponds





128 Metro Heyington Av Thomastown





129 Metro Reynard St Coburg Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


130 Metro Melton Hwy Sydenham Completed 2018 Road over
Labor
131 Metro Station St Aspendale





132 Metro Station St Officer





133 Metro Church St Brighton





134 Metro Mc Donald St Mordialloc





135 Metro Manchester Rd Mooroolbark Planning / Coalition pledge 2018




136 Metro Victoria St Brunswick





137 Metro Abbotts Rd Dandenong South Completed 2018 Rail over
Labor
138 Metro Abbott St Sandringham





139 Metro Ramsden St Clifton Hill





140 Metro Settlement Rd Thomastown





141 Metro Thompsons Rd Cranbourne North Completed 2018 Road over
Labor
142 Metro Wickham Rd Highett





143 Metro Kororoit Creek Rd Altona Completed 2018 Rail over
Labor
144 Metro Neerim Rd Caulfield Labor + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under


145 Non-Metro Separation St North Geelong





146 Non-Metro Lara Lakes Rd (McClelland St) Lara





147 Metro Barry Rd Upfield





148 Non-Metro Robinsons Rd Deer Park Labor pledge 2018
Road under


149 Metro Union St Brunswick





150 Non-Metro Calder Park Dr Calder Park





151 Metro Childs Rd Epping





152 Non-Metro School Rd Corio





153 Metro Camp Rd Broadmeadows Completed 2018 Rail under
Labor
154 Non-Metro Hopkins Rd Truganina





155 Metro Greens Rd Dandenong South Labor pledge 2018
Rail over


156 Non-Metro Sisely Av Wangaratta





157 Non-Metro Yarra St South Geelong





158 Non-Metro Arundel St Benalla





159 Metro Hutton St Thornbury





160 Metro Hope St Brunswick





161 Non-Metro Windermere Rd (McIntyre Rd) Lara





162 Metro Yarralea St Alphington





163 Metro Main Hurstbridge Rd Diamond Creek





164 Non-Metro Thompson Rd North Geelong





165 Metro Woolton Av Thornbury





166 Non-Metro Lloyd St (Waterloo Rd Cros) Moe





167 Metro Cemetery Ent Hadfield





168 Metro Hilltop Rd Upper Ferntree Gully





169 Metro Bakers Rd Coburg





170 Non-Metro Nunn St (Midland Hwy) Benalla





171 Non-Metro St Georges Rd Corio





172 Non-Metro Mc Killop St Geelong





173 Non-Metro Ashby St Trafalgar





174 Metro Beavers Rd Northcote





175 Non-Metro Station Rd / Exford Rd Melton South





176 Non-Metro Coleman St Warragul





177 Non-Metro Faithful St Benalla





178 Non-Metro Gap Rd (Station St) Sunbury Labor pledge 2018




179 Metro Latrobe St Cheltenham





180 Light Rail Inglis St Port Melbourne





181 Metro Poplar Rd Royal Park





182 Non-Metro Tramway Rd Morwell





183 Non-Metro Nar Nar Goon – Longwarry Rd Nar Nar Goon





184 Metro Coolstore Rd Croydon





185 Metro Cardinia Rd Pakenham Labor pledge 2018
Road over


186 Non-Metro Edgars Rd Little River





187 Non-Metro Coburns Rd / Rees Rd Melton South





188 Metro Giffard St Williamstown





189 Metro Alpine St Ferntree Gully





190 Non-Metro Station Rd Gisborne





191 Metro Millers Rd Altona





192 Non-Metro Wood St (Fyans St/Carr St) South Geelong Geelong rail duplication project




193 Metro Manns Crossing Thomastown





194 Non-Metro Hamilton Hwy Cressy





195 Light Rail Bridge St Port Melbourne





196 Non-Metro Swanston St South Geelong





197 Non-Metro Calder Hwy Diggers Rest





198 Non-Metro Hope St (Bunyip – Modella Rd) Bunyip





199 Non-Metro Baxter – Tooradin Rd Baxter





200 Metro Union St Windsor





201 Non-Metro Parker St Castlemaine





202 Metro Linacre Rd Hampton





203 Non-Metro Stony Point Rd Bittern





204 Metro Charles St Northcote





205 Non-Metro Station Av Heathcote





206 Metro Dendy St (New St) Brighton





207 Metro Albert St Brunswick





208 Metro Pier St Altona





209 Non-Metro Barwon Heads Rd Marshall Road duplication project




210 Metro Wattletree Rd Eltham





211 Non-Metro Wests Rd Manor





212 Non-Metro Birkett St Euroa





213 Non-Metro Eramosa Rd West Somerville





214 Non-Metro Kernot St Spotswood





215 Metro New St Hampton





216 Non-Metro Bank St Avenel





217 Non-Metro Kilgour St Geelong





218 Non-Metro Broadford – Epping Rd Wallan





219 Non-Metro Leakes Rd Rockbank





220 Non-Metro Knight St (Andrew Fairley Av) Shepparton





221 Non-Metro Francis St Yarraville





222 Non-Metro Wahgunyah – Wangaratta Rd (Three Chain Rd) Bowser





223 Non-Metro Robinsons Rd Frankston South





224 Non-Metro High St (Hume Hwy) Wodonga





225 Non-Metro Cowslip St Violet Town





226 Non-Metro Troups Rd Nth Rockbank





227 Metro Grieve Pde Altona





228 Non-Metro Marshalltown Rd Marshall





229 Non-Metro Mollison St (Kyneton-Trentham Rd) Kyneton





230 Metro Civic Pde Altona





231 Non-Metro Witt St Benalla





232 Non-Metro Bank St Traralgon





233 Non-Metro Creswick Rd (Midland Hwy) Ballarat





234 Non-Metro Barwon Tce South Geelong





235 Non-Metro Hayes St Shepparton





236 Metro Camms Rd Cranbourne Labor pledge 2018
Road over


237 Non-Metro Lochs Creek Rd Trafalgar





238 Non-Metro Shady Creek Rd Yarragon





239 Metro Diamond St Eltham





240 Non-Metro Frankston – Flinders Rd (Graydens Rd) Hastings





241 Non-Metro Sandford Rd Wangaratta





242 Non-Metro Canterbury Rd Lara





243 Non-Metro Benalla – Yarrawonga Rd Benalla





244 Non-Metro Kelly St Wodonga





245 Non-Metro Lardners Track Warragul





246 Non-Metro Golf Links Rd Baxter





247 Metro Cave Hill Rd Lilydale





248 Non-Metro Station Ent Seymour





249 Non-Metro Mc Diarmids Rd Violet Town





250 Non-Metro Reserve Rd Grovedale





251 Non-Metro Goulburn Valley Hwy Murchison East





252 Metro Wilson Rd Wattle Glen





253 Non-Metro Western Hwy (Barkly St) Ararat





254 Non-Metro Telephone Rd Trafalgar





255 Non-Metro High St Dimboola





256 Non-Metro Donnybrook Rd Donnybrook





257 Non-Metro Osburn St Wodonga





258 Non-Metro High St Seymour





259 Non-Metro Cochranes Rd Wodonga





260 Non-Metro Mornington – Tyabb Rd Tyabb





261 Non-Metro Melrose Dr Wodonga





262 Non-Metro Gardner and Holman Rd Drouin





263 Non-Metro Glenelg Hwy Westmere





264 Non-Metro Lake Rd Stawell





265 Non-Metro Somerville Rd Brooklyn





266 Non-Metro Frankston – Flinders Rd (HastingsRd) Somerville





267 Non-Metro Queen St Colac





268 Non-Metro Fryers St Shepparton





269 Metro Ascot Vale Rd Newmarket





270 Non-Metro Stawell – Warracknabeal Rd Glenorchy





271 Non-Metro Nolan St Bendigo





272 Non-Metro Nagambie – Locksley Rd Locksley





273 Non-Metro Shanley St Wangaratta





274 Non-Metro Kennedy St (Koo Wee Rup – Longwarry Rd) Longwarry





275 Non-Metro Northern Hwy (Mary St) Rochester





276 Non-Metro Forest St Wendouree





277 Metro Railway Rd Eltham





278 Metro Evans Rd Lyndhurst Labor pledge 2018
Road over


279 Non-Metro Anakie Rd Bell Park





280 Non-Metro Hillcrest Rd Frankston





281 Non-Metro High St Hastings





282 Non-Metro Bungaree – Wallace Rd Wallace





283 Non-Metro Rutherglen – Springhurst Rd (Cannings Crossing) Springhurst





284 Non-Metro Surf Coast Hwy (Torquay Rd) Grovedale Geelong rail duplication project




285 Non-Metro Down St Longwood





286 Non-Metro Tylden – Woodend Rd Woodend





287 Non-Metro Nelson St Bendigo





288 Non-Metro Tynong Rd Tynong





289 Non-Metro Wimmera Hwy Murtoa





290 Metro Allendale Rd Diamond Creek





291 Non-Metro Madden St North Kaniva





Notes:

  • Apologies for any errors; this update was done in haste. Let me know any corrections.
  • As with my previous posts on this, this is based in the old 2008 ALCAM list top 300, however this time I have focused on the period since the November 2014 election, so any crossings removed before that are excluded, and the ranking number has been updated to reflect that.
  • I’ve based the status on party pledges plus LXRA statuses for projects already underway/in planning. I’ve listed any project where the boom gates are gone but there are ongoing works as “Completed” — not strictly true, but simpler to understand.
  • While the ALCAM list is old, it remains the last publicly available list of level crossings. The State Government recently published some information on site prioritisation, but it includes no detail of the remaining crossings or how they’re ranked.
  • Most of the top 50 from the old list are now gone or expected to be removed by 2022 if Labor is re-elected (remembering that some were removed prior to 2015). The top-ranking crossing is at Kensington Station on the Craigieburn line – potentially a difficult site from an engineering perspective.

What happens next? That depends on who wins Saturday’s election.

Update 9am. The Coalition pledged some other Frankston line crossings, though it’s not clear if this includes all those Labor has pledged in 2018, or just those previously planned. There seems to be no official policy info on this. I will update the list later today. Any other corrections? Leave a comment!

Update 12:30pm. List updated from feedback, thanks. Keep it coming.

26/11/2018 7:30pm. Updates again, thanks.

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27 Replies to “Level crossing removal update Nov 2018”

  1. Lilydale concerns me. I really hope nobody is planning to spend a fortune grade-separating a single track. The effect would be to increase vehicle traffic flow through the main street of Lilydale and achieve almost nothing for train services and commuters. Trains can’t run any more often without dual tracks. Any planning had better include a duplication of the line between Lilydale and Mooroolbark, with construction of a station at Cave Hill. Without that, this really would be a BCR<1 project.

  2. Going through those three V/Line ones now!
    Did Labor give any indication of how?Fitzgerald Rd – will have to be a trench due to it being on an intersection and right next to the Western Ring Rd. Station Rd – probably also needs to be a trench due to also being on an intersection – so a new Deer Park Station as well I imagine. Robinsons Rd – could do road over, although there are houses quite near to the crossing – does this one provide an opportunity to fix up the rail junction? Will all of these end up like St Albans and the Frankston line – a rail rollercoaster?

  3. Hi Daniel,

    Great list. I think you got all of them except for number 38 – Station Street, Bonbeach which is at the planning stage for a rail under solution according to LXRA.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. “Fitzgerald Rd – will have to be a trench due to it being on an intersection and right next to the Western Ring Road” – not at all! Just raise Fitzgerald Road to the same level as the ring road to cross both road and rail, then return to ground level and loop around to rejoin Forrest Street.

    “Station Rd – probably also needs to be a trench due to also being on an intersection” – the west of full of rock, so could raise the railway instead and build an elevated station

  5. I wouldn’t be surprised if Macaulay Rd Kensington on the Craigieburn line will have to wait until the possibility of airport rail via metropolitan tracks through Flemington Racecourse is clearer. The option still exists despite the Sunshine preference. Would any airport rail past Kensington require quadruplication of the Craigieburn tracks?

  6. Wood St (Fyans St/Carr St) South Geelong and Barwon Heads Road Marshall will be completed with South Geelong-Waurn Ponds track duplication & Barwon Heads Rd duplication (pledged by both parties). Whilst not apart of “level crossing removals” both crossings will be removed.

  7. Good luck doing South Rd, Brighton, think it’s #46 on the list
    Tight corner, curved platform, heritage station, houses surrounding the station that’s going to be fun. None of the Sandringham Line LX will be touched though

  8. You know you don’t have to remove all level crossings. The Yamanote line in Tokyo still has one, although it is where there are only two tracks with no parallel lines. I would imagine it is going to disappear at some point in the far future though, as railway companies, not governments eventually remove them for ahem, greater reliability and relieving local residential gripes or alternatively as part of other work like adding extra tracks.

  9. @Steve, I believe Deer Park (Mt Derrimut Rd) rail would be elevated over the road, with a new elevated station. Fitzgerald Road would be road over rail; Robinsons Road I think was likely to be road under. But I may have got muddled on those two, so don’t quote me on it.

    @Billy, isn’t Station Street and Bondi Road the same crossing? Did ALCAM double up when they compiled the original list?

    Or is Station Street the one that was closing?

    @Philip, Tooronga Road is a fair way from Toorak Road, so I think you could do one without the other, though it’d make more sense to knock them both off… though with the freeway overpass, Tooronga Road would probably have to be road over rail, which isn’t pretty.

    @Sam, thanks – I’ll add that when I update next.

    @Paul, thanks – yeah I don’t think those are locked-in yet, but are looking probable, as it makes it a lot easier to keep/enhance the shared/bike path.

  10. @Philip

    Putting on my foamer hat for a second, I’d like to see skyrail over Tooronga/Toorak Rds, with a station where Tooronga Park currently is. A pedestrian bridge to the station should be provided over Toorak Rd (a very pedestrian-hostile intersection, not helped by Talbot Crescent being used as a rat run for Monash Fwy-bound traffic from Glenferrie Rd) and a direct pedestrian link over the Monash Fwy to the Gardiners Creek trail would be a very welcome addition. Align Milton Pde west of Tooronga Rd with Carroll Crescent and clean up the mess of pedestrian crossings around that area.

  11. You must have missed my comment on your post last month…

    The LXRA website fact sheets suggest early preferences are “Road over” for Hoppers Crossing, “Lowered road under Rail” for Sunbury, and “Rail under” for Mont Albert & Surrey Hills.

    The LXRA have hidden the fact sheets & videos during caretaker mode, but you can find them here – https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/media/news/prioritising-future-level-crossing-removals

    It has loosely been implied the Upfield Line will become a skyrail from Moreland to Coburg, not sure if you want to add Moreland Rd & Bell St as “Rail Over” although LXRA website still states a rail under trench as a feasible option in consideration for both.

    The original package is still a net 50 grade separations given the 2 planned crossing closures in Carrum/Bonbeach (Eel Race Rd was on the 2014 list, with Mascot Ave/Station St was added to the list last year in exchange for the new Station St bridge over Patterson River (which opened in September)) – there would be a political risk by using a figure of 52+25 that the Liberals would spread fear other crossings on the list would closures too.

    Chelsea Rd has been stated as “rail under” by both parties although no mention of any road network changes, which would be similar to Carrum. Ideally, the Chelsea Rd crossing needs to be replaced with a direct Thames Promenade connection 100m up the line, which could potentially allow Swanpool Ave crossing to be closed too.

    Also for your list, Mountain Hwy Bayswater was completed as “Rail Under” (although this was hybrid design, with the road also raised slightly.)

  12. Can you do a comparison for crossings funded/tendered in the 1999 to 2010 ALP period and 2010 to 2014 LNP period?

    I find it concerning how no action was taken on the Murrumbeena and Clayton crossings after much community outrage during the three ALP terms, but am very glad they’re gone now.

    The emphasis on crossings now is a good one, but some forward planning needs to be included e.g. Skyrail failed to address the need for additional tracks and capacity.

  13. Bondi Rd is the level crossing at Bonbeach station. Station Street is the crossing further south near the river that is being replaced with the new road over river bridge linking Station St, Bonbeach and Station St, Carrum, allowing local traffic to avoid crossing the railway twice to use the Nepean Highway. It actually brings the total of level crossings abolished as part of the ALP`s original list to 52 but keeps the total of new grade separations at 50 (The addition of Park Rd, Cheltenham is balanced by the scrapping of the Eel Race Rd crossing as part of the Carrum Skyrail project).

    Gap Rd Sunbury was non-Metro in 2008 when the ACLAM list was done but Sunbury electrification has made it Metro since 2012 (and probably further up the list), just like Melton Rd, Sydenham (which has been updated).

  14. Labor’s level crossing removal program was the biggest factor in my decision to vote for them in 2014, and the fact that they’ve met and exceeded their targets shows they’ve been a fair dinkum government in my opinion, so I’ve voted for them again this time.

    The Liberals’ plan to grade separate road crossings instead of level crossings would be an unprecedented act of vandalism to the streetscape of Melbourne. How did such a bone-headed idea get to be policy for a serious contender to run the state?

  15. Hi Daniel
    Station St, Bonbeach is also known as Matlock St. It’s not a duplicate of Bondi St. It actually brings the original list of 50 to 52 (also including Park St, Cheltenham).

  16. I think we really are coming closer to a literal giant douche and a turd as far as Australian politics is concerned. South Park was right all along (how unsurprising, they’ve predicted just about everything else).

    I voted for anyone that wasn’t Liberal on the counts that I was bombarded by Liberal spam mail in the letterbox which is of course legal if you are a politician but illegal and with fines if you are not. For the record, Labor or The Greens did not send me anything whatsoever (or if they did, it wasn’t an addressed letter thus it found the recycle bin within three seconds of leaving the letterbox along with the other junk mail).

    The mail itself was a postage paid windowed envelope with “IMPORTANT Voting Information” printed on it (with the word “important” being in red caps). The letter inside was nothing but a single-sided A4 sheet of propaganda from Dee Ryall (anagram: Lardy Eel), with next to no information aside from the Liberal logo, her photo and some crap about how only she and Matthew Guy can do this that and the other, and not even a way to actually vote or any information whatsover e.g. nothing but junk. Yet, it was regarded as “important” voting information, as though if I didn’t open and read it I would be fined or jailed or something. I’m 110% sure that I would be either fined or jailed if I started to send identical spam to her because that’s how the law works.

    @ Philip: I hope no-one spends a fortune on grade separating a single track either. Lilydale needs a fortune and a half spent on it to add the second track that was promised forty to fifty years ago, but at this rate, the Hurstbridge line in its entirety will be duplicated and running every ten minutes until midnight long before Lilydale is touched. As long as Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein and Glen Waverley are all left in the same basket nothing will ever change as it would require a complete overhaul of the timetables. Consider the Burnley group a relic of before World War II while every other line ends up being done (Upfield is next I think). The 1939 VR Lilydale (Croydon) line working timetable is almost identical to the current Lilydale timetable, right down to the express services and Ringwood-only trains from the city (the main differences being that most trains terminated at Croydon in 1939, short runs terminated at Box Hill instead of Blackburn, most trains stopped at East Richmond, and Laburnum and Heatherdale stations didn’t exist).

    @ DD: How did the bone-headed Liberals get to become a serious contender to run the state (or country) in the first place? I guess it’s good to know people in high places, such as VicRoads and the mega corporations, who will gladly keep the votes up as long as money keeps exchanging hands.

  17. @Heihachi_73

    Have to call you out on that. Where I live which was a razor thin marginal seat, the local Labor MP sent about 3-4 “private” addressed envelopes with my name and address on it spruiking the usual propaganda like lying they removed North Road level crossing.

    The opposition MP sent 1 also spruiking about crime etc.

    I’m happy to share with you if you believe Labor didn’t send any.

  18. I noticed Gap Road in Sunbury is listed under Non-Metro but is probably Metropolitan now. I wonder what else in the list is no longer considered non-metro.

  19. @ Bobman: That’s fine, I’m sure all of the major parties sent them, I must have just binned the others without opening any (or they had the Labor/Greens logos on them rather than just a plain white “important” bill type envelope).

    And before anyone thinks I am Liberal-bashing, I would actually vote for the Liberals if they could get some politicians that weren’t so brain-dead or stuck in the 1950s with their obsession with roads (I’m surprised they didn’t start offering half priced Chinese SUVs (e.g. Haval aka Great Wall) along with their TVs etc.) While Tony Abbott was actually born in the 50s, Matthew Guy has absolutely no reason to be so dated in his actions, unless he is just a face for the other Liberal (conservative) members. Anyway, I think my posts should have gone in the State Election topic but I only read the above posts and followed suit. I would do anything to not be an aged pensioner by the time Melbourne’s public transport network leaves the first half of the 20th century behind, but I still think that Star Trek teleporters (or more likely the ones from The Fly, complete with devastating results) will be invented before the trains and buses are fixed here.

  20. @Heihachi_73 All of the envelopes I got (3 ALP, 1 LNP) had “important” which made me wonder if I had a speeding fine or something, but *no* envelope had any party information at all.

    I agree with the rest of your post, the opposition is weak and has been weak for the past 4 years too.

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