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
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.

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!