Level crossing at Glen Iris

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 the November 2018 State 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.

27 thoughts on “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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