Desire lines: signs of bad design?

Desire lines are where authorities intend for people to go one way, but people (especially pedestrians) quite logically ignore them and go a different way.

Often they indicate poor design.

Here are some quick examples from my neck of the woods.

You have to wonder whose bright idea this was. Try and divert the pedestrians away to a crossing. Why do it? The worn grass indicates not many people follow the recommended path.
Desire lines in Bentleigh

Similar story at this roundabout. It’s a less busy street for pedestrians so the grass looks more intact, but again, why? Puzzling since another roundabout 100 metres away doesn’t have this design.
Desire lines in Bentleigh

Down at Southland, the new station is a roaring success… except for the pathway to the shopping centre, which diverts people via an indirect route – though at least it’s got priority zebra crossings all the way – visible at the left. Still, an awful lot of people come out of the station and instead dodge around the fence and make straight across the car park for the entrance. Are we really that surprised? Hopefully sooner rather than later, Westfield will fix it.
Southland station desire lines

The centre of central Bentleigh: the station. This new pedestrian crossing is very welcome, as it connects the westbound bus stop with the trains. Amazingly, before the grade separation, there was no nearby crossing. With a little thought, they could have made this new crossing wider, stretching towards the bus stop, as when buses arrive, there’s a swarm of people crossing the road.
Bentleigh station pedestrian crossing

And this, around the corner. Having a zebra crossing is good, but it’s clearly in the wrong place. It should be no surprise at all that most people cross at the point aligned with the supermarket entrance. Authorities must have realised this, or there wouldn’t be this signage.
Desire lines in Bentleigh

Often this type of thing appears to be just trying to make life difficult for pedestrians.

I really hope whoever is responsible for these designs is observing how people use these spaces, and isn’t continuing to make these mistakes.

More reading: Desire paths: the illicit trails that defy the urban planners

Renaming North Melbourne

It’s perhaps a minor thing, but…

Back in November 2017 the metro tunnel station names were announced, including a new station called North Melbourne, with the current station to be renamed to West Melbourne.

I don’t have a problem with that. It’s logical… but it has to happen well in advance of the new station opening, to minimise confusion.

At the time, there were assurances that this would be done quickly.

A good opportunity to rename a station is when there are other rail network changes, prompting a new edition of the rail map.

Publishing a new map is a big thing. It has to be designed, and then every map around the system needs to be replaced. Web sites are easy, but there’s every station, every train carriage.

Well they missed an opportunity. In August 2018 the Mernda rail extension opened, prompting a map revision. But “West Melbourne” is still “North Melbourne”.

PTV train map August 2018

If you want an illustration that replacing all the maps is a big task, note that many stations, including my local, are still displaying the old pre-Mernda maps.

So, what are the next metro stations to be opened? Well there’s actually nothing definite until the tunnel opens in 2025… including the new North Melbourne.

They could have done the renaming in August, but they didn’t.

Perhaps there are other factors holding them back; some behind-the-scenes issues that need to be resolved. Presumably those can be overcome; just as they were for Melbourne Central (Museum) and Southern Cross (Spencer Street).

There is another chance before 2025. There aren’t any more metro stations expected before then, but there is a V/Line station: Cobblebank, in Melbourne’s outer west, slated for completion during 2019.

Let’s hope they take this opportunity to rename North Melbourne well before the new station opens.

Election wrapup

Many people have written about the state election result. I thought I’d add my two-cents worth… noting that as of Wednesday night, some seats are still in doubt.

The Coalition crime fear campaign didn’t resonate. The stats don’t match the rhetoric, and while the accounts from actual victims could be harrowing, Melbourne is not a crime-infested cesspit. That’s no comfort to those who have been victims of of course, and more can be done to combat crime, but this is not an unsafe city.

Anecdata is only convincing (eg reflective of reality) if enough people are directly affected. How many people do you know who have been the victim of a violent crime? I thought the rhetoric, especially when the Coalition got to the point of declaring that anybody who committed any offence while on bail would be locked up, over-the-top.

(Amazingly, the Federal Libs are still pursuing this rhetoric in some parts of Melbourne this week.)

The anti-Skyrail campaign didn’t resonate. People living underneath it might dislike it (though not all do) – but ultimately the broader community didn’t hate it. All the seats with skyrail in them now (Caulfield, Oakleigh, Mulgrave, Keysborough) and getting skyrail (Bass, Carrum) swung towards the government, not away from it.

Perhaps that was helped by the fact that skyrail exists now. It’s real. Perhaps it’s not pretty, but it’s not covered in graffiti or filled with drug dealers as some claimed it would be.

Skyrail at Carnegie, November 2018

From where I was sitting, the Coalition had few prominent, positive policies. They took a back seat to the negative campaigning.

Their best (in my book) policy was announced and then quietly dropped: trains every 10 minutes. What a shame.

Their decentralisation policies seemed a good idea at a high level, though the fast rail pledges looked undercooked, and some of the detail around the rest of it either wasn’t thought out in detail, or wasn’t communicated well.

The ridiculous intersection grade separation plan didn’t resonate. Plenty of people drive absolutely everywhere, but I don’t think many of them thought this was a good idea.

Former Liberal Premier Ted Baillieu said it well:

The campaign didn’t work. The policies didn’t work. The organisation, the administration didn’t work, the leadership didn’t work. We didn’t have any cut through. Across the board it didn’t work.

Big swings to Labor, putting normally safe Liberal seats like Hawthorn and Brighton at risk showed that even though people live in wealthy suburbs, it doesn’t mean they’re dinosaurs, and they were clearly not keen on the crime narrative, nor the Liberal party being dragged to the right by the likes of Dutton and Abbott.

Meanwhile, Labor’s narrative of “a positive and optimistic agenda” (this literally became their catchcry) was perhaps clichéd, but also justified by some big achievements in just four years. Who’d have believed they’d get 29 level crossings removed? It meant many people overlooked their failings such as the redshirts affair.

Daniel Andrews claims victory, State election 24/11/2018

So now we have four more years of Labor. More level crossing removals – which is good. And thanks to the benefits of incumbency, plans for rail upgrades that are arguably more logical than the Coalition’s ambitious (perhaps impossible) pledges for high speed rail.

Labor will borrow more money to pay for infrastructure. I remember being at a transport breakfast thing years ago with some bigwigs who were saying it was ridiculous that governments have such a fear of borrowing. You borrow to buy your house, and it costs money, but it’s good. Why not borrow to invest in infrastructure that grows the economy?

I don’t have a major problem with this, though the question is: are the specific big projects they’re borrowing for actually worth the money? North East Link, for example – Infrastructure Victoria gave it the thumbs up in 2016 based on a cost of $5-10 billion, but a Business Case released early in 2018 appeared to inflate the benefits.

Speaking of business cases and infrastructure, the Suburban Rail Loop doesn’t yet have a business case. If the project happens, it may be decades away. But it caught the imagination of the populace, and I’m told the ALP reckon they saw bigger swings in the electorates nearby.

In the meantime, what about Metro 2, which by any logic is a higher priority to ensure Fishermans Bend is a success and the Werribee and Mernda rail lines cope with growth.

And right here and now, there has to be a commitment to upping all-day service levels on the existing infrastructure.

Melbourne is growing fast, and we can’t wait for the Metro tunnel to open in 2025 to see more trains running.

Let’s hope the newly re-elected government realises that it’s not just infrastructure that’s important — how you use it is vital.

Update Thursday lunchtime: The Premier has announced a reshuffle. The new Public Transport Minister is Melissa Horne. Jacinta Allan picks up Transport Infrastructure. Roads Minister is Jaala Pulford.

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
4 Non-Metro Werribee St Werribee Planning 2022

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

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

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
14 Metro Blackburn Rd Blackburn Completed 2017 Rail under
Coalition 2014 Labor
15 Metro Buckley St Essendon Completed 2018 Road under
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

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

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

26 Metro Moreland Rd Brunswick Planning 2020 Rail over
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
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


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
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
85 Metro Eel Race Rd Carrum Underway
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
106 Metro Boundary Rd Fawkner

107 Metro Albion St Brunswick

108 Metro Balcombe Rd Mentone Planning + Coalition pledge 2018
Rail under
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
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
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
142 Metro Wickham Rd Highett

143 Metro Kororoit Creek Rd Altona Completed 2018 Rail over
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
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


  • 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.

Low bridges in Euroa

Family business took us to Euroa on Saturday.

The station is on the western side of the town centre. The main street goes over the railway line to the south of the station — Wikipedia notes that the the road overpass was built in 1960 during the first round of standardisation. The second round, last decade, converted the other track to standard gauge as well.

North of the station the railway line is elevated… but not by much.

One bridge has 2.5 metres clearance, and this one has just 2.3 metres:
Euroa railway bridge over road

Euroa railway bridge over road

There’s also a pedestrian underpass that’s even lower – only just a bit higher than me, so about 2.0 metres. An adult wouldn’t be able to ride a bike through here.
Euroa railway pedestrian underpass

Unlike the Montague Street bridge in Melbourne (3 metres clearance), a quick search finds no records of collisions with the Euroa road bridges.

I mentioned the Euroa bridge on Twitter. I was pointed to a 2 metre clearance on a freeway overpass in Pyrmont, Sydney, and also this 1.7 metre railway bridge in Wales — just high enough to fit a conventional car, with a manually-operated part time level crossing adjacent for taller vehicles — amazingly, not too long ago something similar was proposed for the Dandenong line!