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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 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.

RankLocationRoadSuburbStatus 11/2018YearDesignPlanning fundingRemoval fundingCompleted by
1MetroMain RdSt AlbansCompleted2016Rail under CoalitionLabor
2MetroFurlong RdSt AlbansCompleted2016Rail under LaborLabor
3MetroBell StCoburgPlanning2022Rail over Labor 
4Non-MetroWerribee StWerribeePlanning2022  Labor 
5MetroClayton RdClaytonCompleted2018Rail over Coalition 2014Labor
6MetroMacaulay Rd (Craigieburn line)Kensington      
7MetroBell StPrestonPlanning     
8MetroGlenroy RdGlenroyPlanning2022  Labor 
9MetroGrange RdCarnegieCompleted2018Rail over LaborLabor
10MetroCherry StWerribeePlanning2022  Labor 
11MetroUnion RdSurrey HillsLabor pledge 2018     
12MetroNorth RdOrmondCompleted2016Rail under Coalition 2014Labor
13MetroAviation RdLavertonUnderway2020Road over Labor 
14MetroBlackburn RdBlackburnCompleted2017Rail under Coalition 2014Labor
15MetroBuckley StEssendonCompleted2018Road under Labor 
16MetroOld Geelong RdHoppers CrossingLabor pledge 2018     
17MetroMc Gregor RdPakenhamLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Labor: Rail over / Coalition: Rail under   
18MetroRiversdale RdCamberwell      
19MetroFerguson StWilliamstownPlanning2022  Labor 
20MetroLower Plenty RdRosannaCompleted2018Rail over LaborLabor
21MetroStation StFairfield      
22MetroMurray RdPrestonLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
23MetroStation StCarrumUnderway Rail over  Labor
24MetroCentre RdClaytonCompleted2018Rail over Coalition 2014Labor
25MetroSeaford RdSeafordCompleted2018Rail over  Labor
26MetroMoreland RdBrunswickPlanning2020Rail over Labor 
27MetroHeatherton RdNoble ParkCompleted2018Rail overCoalition 2014LaborLabor
28MetroCharman RdCheltenhamPlanning + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under Labor 
29MetroClyde Rd (Berwick – Cranbourne Rd)BerwickPlanning     
30MetroToorak RdKooyongPlanning     
31MetroHallam RdHallamPlanning     
32MetroSwanpool AvChelseaLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under   
33MetroRacecourse RdPakenhamLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Labor: Rail over / Coalition: Rail under   
34MetroKoornang RdCarnegieCompleted2018Rail over Coalition 2014Labor
35MetroWebster StDandenongLabor pledge 2018 Road under   
36MetroTooronga RdMalvern      
37MetroChandler RdNoble ParkCompleted2018Rail overCoalition 2014LaborLabor
38MetroStation St (near Mernda Ave)Bonbeach  Closing   
39MetroSkye Rd (Overton Rd)FrankstonCompleted2018Rail over LaborLabor
40MetroKeon PdeKeon Park      
41MetroGaffney StCoburg North      
42MetroSth Gippsland HwyDandenongPlanning     
43MetroMaidstone St (Werribee line)Altona      
44MetroScoresby RdBayswaterCompleted2016Rail underCoalition 2013Coalition ?Labor
45MetroWebb StNarre Warren      
46MetroSouth RdBrighton      
47MetroMain StPakenhamLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Labor: Rail over / Coalition: Rail under   
48MetroHigh StGlen Iris      
49MetroGrange RdAlphingtonCompleted2018Rail under LaborLabor
50MetroCorrigan RdNoble ParkCompleted2018Rail overCoalition 2014LaborLabor
51MetroMaroondah HwyLilydalePlanning / Coalition pledge 2018     
52Non-MetroFitzgerald RdArdeerLabor pledge 2018 Road under   
53MetroPuckle StMoonee Ponds      
54MetroCramer StPrestonLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
55MetroCentre RdBentleighCompleted2016Rail under LaborLabor
56MetroProspect Hill RdRiversdale      
57MetroNormanby AvThornbury      
58MetroBox Forest RdGlenroy      
59MetroBrunswick RdBrunswick      
60MetroHampton StHampton      
61MetroBurke RdGlen IrisCompleted2016Rail under Coalition 2014Labor
62MetroPoath RdHughesdaleCompleted2018Rail overCoalition 2014LaborLabor
63MetroLochiel AvEdithvale      
64Light RailBridport StSouth Melbourne      
65MetroGlenferrie RdKooyong      
66MetroHigh StReservoirPlanning Rail over   
67MetroHudsons RdSpotswood      
68MetroEdithvale RdEdithvalePlanning + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under Labor 
69MetroGlen Huntly RdGlenhuntlyLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under   
70MetroMadden GvBurnley      
71MetroMacaulay Rd (Upfield line)North Melbourne      
72MetroGlen Eira RdRipponlea      
73MetroMurrumbeena RdMurrumbeenaCompleted2018Rail over Coalition 2014Labor
74MetroMunro StCoburgLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
75MetroWarrigal RdMentoneCoalition pledge 2018 Rail under   
76Light RailRailway Av (Swallow Ave)Port Melbourne      
77MetroChelsea RdChelseaLabor + Coalition pledge 2018     
78MetroMc Kinnon RdMcKinnonCompleted2016Rail under LaborLabor
79MetroArgyle AvChelseaLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under   
80MetroHighett RdHighett      
81MetroMountain HwyBayswaterCompleted2016 Coalition 2013Labor ?Labor
82MetroMont Albert RdMont AlbertLabor pledge 2018     
83MetroDevon RdPascoe Vale      
84MetroBondi RdBonbeachPlanning + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under Labor 
85MetroEel Race RdCarrumUnderway Closure Labor 
86MetroWestgarth StNorthcote      
87MetroVictoria RdFairfield      
88MetroBay StNorth Brighton      
89MetroStation StSeaford      
90MetroMarshall StIvanhoe      
91MetroHeatherdale RdRingwoodCompleted2017Rail under LaborLabor
92MetroBear StMordialloc      
93MetroChampion RdNewport      
94MetroArmstrongs RdSeaford      
95Non-MetroGrant St (Parwan Rd)Bacchus Marsh      
96MetroDawson StBrunswick      
97MetroPark StParkville      
98MetroBedford RdRingwood      
99MetroLincoln PdeAspendale      
100MetroAnderson StYarraville      
101MetroGaffney StPascoe Vale      
102MetroO Hea StCoburg      
103MetroMaidstone St (Altona Loop)Altona      
104MetroStation StBeaconsfield      
105MetroPark RdCheltenhamPlanning + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under Labor 
106MetroBoundary RdFawkner      
107MetroAlbion StBrunswick      
108MetroBalcombe RdMentonePlanning + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under Labor 
109Non-MetroStation Rd (Mt Derrimut Rd)Deer ParkLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
110Non-MetroOak StBendigo      
111MetroPaschke CrEpping      
112MetroArthurton RdNorthcote      
113MetroOakover RdPrestonLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
114Non-MetroHumffray StBallarat      
115MetroArden StNorth Melbourne      
116MetroRegent StPreston      
117MetroDublin RdRingwood East      
118Non-MetroMoorooduc Hwy (Mc Mahons Rd)Frankston      
119Non-MetroNorth Shore Rd (Station St)Corio      
120MetroGreville StPrahran      
121MetroParkers RdParkdale      
122Light RailBeach StPort Melbourne      
123MetroMaddox RdNewport      
124MetroBrunt RdOfficer      
125MetroRuthven StMacleod      
126MetroProgress StDandenong South      
127MetroPark StMoonee Ponds      
128MetroHeyington AvThomastown      
129MetroReynard StCoburgLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
130MetroMelton HwySydenhamCompleted2018Road over Labor 
131MetroStation StAspendale      
132MetroStation StOfficer      
133MetroChurch StBrighton      
134MetroMc Donald StMordialloc      
135MetroManchester RdMooroolbarkPlanning / Coalition pledge 2018     
136MetroVictoria StBrunswick      
137MetroAbbotts RdDandenong SouthCompleted2018Rail over Labor 
138MetroAbbott StSandringham      
139MetroRamsden StClifton Hill      
140MetroSettlement RdThomastown      
141MetroThompsons RdCranbourne NorthCompleted2018Road over Labor 
142MetroWickham RdHighett      
143MetroKororoit Creek RdAltonaCompleted2018Rail over Labor 
144MetroNeerim RdCaulfieldLabor + Coalition pledge 2018 Rail under   
145Non-MetroSeparation StNorth Geelong      
146Non-MetroLara Lakes Rd (McClelland St)Lara      
147MetroBarry RdUpfield      
148Non-MetroRobinsons RdDeer ParkLabor pledge 2018 Road under   
149MetroUnion StBrunswick      
150Non-MetroCalder Park DrCalder Park      
151MetroChilds RdEpping      
152Non-MetroSchool RdCorio      
153MetroCamp RdBroadmeadowsCompleted2018Rail under Labor 
154Non-MetroHopkins RdTruganina      
155MetroGreens RdDandenong SouthLabor pledge 2018 Rail over   
156Non-MetroSisely AvWangaratta      
157Non-MetroYarra StSouth Geelong      
158Non-MetroArundel StBenalla      
159MetroHutton StThornbury      
160MetroHope StBrunswick      
161Non-MetroWindermere Rd (McIntyre Rd)Lara      
162MetroYarralea StAlphington      
163MetroMain Hurstbridge RdDiamond Creek      
164Non-MetroThompson RdNorth Geelong      
165MetroWoolton AvThornbury      
166Non-MetroLloyd St (Waterloo Rd Cros)Moe      
167MetroCemetery EntHadfield      
168MetroHilltop RdUpper Ferntree Gully      
169MetroBakers RdCoburg      
170Non-MetroNunn St (Midland Hwy)Benalla      
171Non-MetroSt Georges RdCorio      
172Non-MetroMc Killop StGeelong      
173Non-MetroAshby StTrafalgar      
174MetroBeavers RdNorthcote      
175Non-MetroStation Rd / Exford RdMelton South      
176Non-MetroColeman StWarragul      
177Non-MetroFaithful StBenalla      
178Non-MetroGap Rd (Station St)SunburyLabor pledge 2018     
179MetroLatrobe StCheltenham      
180Light RailInglis StPort Melbourne      
181MetroPoplar RdRoyal Park      
182Non-MetroTramway RdMorwell      
183Non-MetroNar Nar Goon – Longwarry RdNar Nar Goon      
184MetroCoolstore RdCroydon      
185MetroCardinia RdPakenhamLabor pledge 2018 Road over   
186Non-MetroEdgars RdLittle River      
187Non-MetroCoburns Rd / Rees RdMelton South      
188MetroGiffard StWilliamstown      
189MetroAlpine StFerntree Gully      
190Non-MetroStation RdGisborne      
191MetroMillers RdAltona      
192Non-MetroWood St (Fyans St/Carr St)South GeelongGeelong rail duplication project     
193MetroManns CrossingThomastown      
194Non-MetroHamilton HwyCressy      
195Light RailBridge StPort Melbourne      
196Non-MetroSwanston StSouth Geelong      
197Non-MetroCalder HwyDiggers Rest      
198Non-MetroHope St (Bunyip – Modella Rd)Bunyip      
199Non-MetroBaxter – Tooradin RdBaxter      
200MetroUnion StWindsor      
201Non-MetroParker StCastlemaine      
202MetroLinacre RdHampton      
203Non-MetroStony Point RdBittern      
204MetroCharles StNorthcote      
205Non-MetroStation AvHeathcote      
206MetroDendy St (New St)Brighton      
207MetroAlbert StBrunswick      
208MetroPier StAltona      
209Non-MetroBarwon Heads RdMarshallRoad duplication project     
210MetroWattletree RdEltham      
211Non-MetroWests RdManor      
212Non-MetroBirkett StEuroa      
213Non-MetroEramosa Rd WestSomerville      
214Non-MetroKernot StSpotswood      
215MetroNew StHampton      
216Non-MetroBank StAvenel      
217Non-MetroKilgour StGeelong      
218Non-MetroBroadford – Epping RdWallan      
219Non-MetroLeakes RdRockbank      
220Non-MetroKnight St (Andrew Fairley Av)Shepparton      
221Non-MetroFrancis StYarraville      
222Non-MetroWahgunyah – Wangaratta Rd (Three Chain Rd)Bowser      
223Non-MetroRobinsons RdFrankston South      
224Non-MetroHigh St (Hume Hwy)Wodonga      
225Non-MetroCowslip StViolet Town      
226Non-MetroTroups Rd NthRockbank      
227MetroGrieve PdeAltona      
228Non-MetroMarshalltown RdMarshall      
229Non-MetroMollison St (Kyneton-Trentham Rd)Kyneton      
230MetroCivic PdeAltona      
231Non-MetroWitt StBenalla      
232Non-MetroBank StTraralgon      
233Non-MetroCreswick Rd (Midland Hwy)Ballarat      
234Non-MetroBarwon TceSouth Geelong      
235Non-MetroHayes StShepparton      
236MetroCamms RdCranbourneLabor pledge 2018 Road over   
237Non-MetroLochs Creek RdTrafalgar      
238Non-MetroShady Creek RdYarragon      
239MetroDiamond StEltham      
240Non-MetroFrankston – Flinders Rd (Graydens Rd)Hastings      
241Non-MetroSandford RdWangaratta      
242Non-MetroCanterbury RdLara      
243Non-MetroBenalla – Yarrawonga RdBenalla      
244Non-MetroKelly StWodonga      
245Non-MetroLardners TrackWarragul      
246Non-MetroGolf Links RdBaxter      
247MetroCave Hill RdLilydale      
248Non-MetroStation EntSeymour      
249Non-MetroMc Diarmids RdViolet Town      
250Non-MetroReserve RdGrovedale      
251Non-MetroGoulburn Valley HwyMurchison East      
252MetroWilson RdWattle Glen      
253Non-MetroWestern Hwy (Barkly St)Ararat      
254Non-MetroTelephone RdTrafalgar      
255Non-MetroHigh StDimboola      
256Non-MetroDonnybrook RdDonnybrook      
257Non-MetroOsburn StWodonga      
258Non-MetroHigh StSeymour      
259Non-MetroCochranes RdWodonga      
260Non-MetroMornington – Tyabb RdTyabb      
261Non-MetroMelrose DrWodonga      
262Non-MetroGardner and Holman RdDrouin      
263Non-MetroGlenelg HwyWestmere      
264Non-MetroLake RdStawell      
265Non-MetroSomerville RdBrooklyn      
266Non-MetroFrankston – Flinders Rd (HastingsRd)Somerville      
267Non-MetroQueen StColac      
268Non-MetroFryers StShepparton      
269MetroAscot Vale RdNewmarket      
270Non-MetroStawell – Warracknabeal RdGlenorchy      
271Non-MetroNolan StBendigo      
272Non-MetroNagambie – Locksley RdLocksley      
273Non-MetroShanley StWangaratta      
274Non-MetroKennedy St (Koo Wee Rup – Longwarry Rd)Longwarry      
275Non-MetroNorthern Hwy (Mary St)Rochester      
276Non-MetroForest StWendouree      
277MetroRailway RdEltham      
278MetroEvans RdLyndhurstLabor pledge 2018 Road over   
279Non-MetroAnakie RdBell Park      
280Non-MetroHillcrest RdFrankston      
281Non-MetroHigh StHastings      
282Non-MetroBungaree – Wallace RdWallace      
283Non-MetroRutherglen – Springhurst Rd (Cannings Crossing)Springhurst      
284Non-MetroSurf Coast Hwy (Torquay Rd)GrovedaleGeelong rail duplication project     
285Non-MetroDown StLongwood      
286Non-MetroTylden – Woodend RdWoodend      
287Non-MetroNelson StBendigo      
288Non-MetroTynong RdTynong      
289Non-MetroWimmera HwyMurtoa      
290MetroAllendale RdDiamond Creek      
291Non-MetroMadden St NorthKaniva      

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.

28 replies on “Level crossing removal update Nov 2018”

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.

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?

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!

“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

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?

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.

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

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.

@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.

@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.

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.)

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.

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).

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?

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).

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.

@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.

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.

@ 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.

@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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