Proposed Melbourne rail extensions

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Several proposals have been put forward by various groups to expand the Melbourne rail network—proposals for additional rail lines, extensions to existing lines, as well as electrification to existing lines and new stations on existing lines. Some of these plans were so seriously considered at various times that they appeared in the Melway street directory,[1] and on suburban train destination rolls.[2]

Proposals[edit]

Some of these proposals include:

Inner city[edit]

West–South East Rail Tunnel[edit]

  • On 2 April 2008 Sir Rod Eddington released his Investing in Transport—East West Needs Assessment report. It features a proposed 17 km long tunnel starting from West Footscray station running via the Parkville precinct, under Swanston Street, St Kilda Road, and Dandenong Road to Caulfield. Sunbury, Pakenham and Cranbourne line trains would run through it. The State Government accepted the recommendation in its Transport Plan, which proposed a two-stage approach to building a $4.5 billion Melbourne Metro tunnel—the first stage from Dynon to Domain, then the second from Domain to Caulfield.[3]

North–South Rail Tunnel[edit]

  • In 2008 The Greens proposed an inner city metro in their transport discussion paper The People Plan. Amongst the proposals were underground rail from Jewell to Melbourne Central with a station at Parkville, railway along a sunken channel between Parkville and a proposed Doncaster line, and underground rail from South Yarra to Southern Cross with stations at King's Domain and Southbank.[4]
  • A 2007 proposal by the State Government involves connecting one of Craigieburn or Sydenham lines through to one of the Caulfield group of lines.[5][6]
  • A proposal suggested by the Melbourne City Council in 2005 is to build an underground rail line, the North South Rail Tunnel Metropolitan, through the inner city of Melbourne.[7][8] This tunnel would run from Jewell in Brunswick, and possibly Newmarket through to Windsor station, stopping at new and existing stations at Parkville near Melbourne University (new), Melbourne Central (existing), Flinders Street (existing) and Domain station (new) to the south. As well as providing train transport to these new areas the proposed line would greatly speed travellers running north-south through the CBD—this journey takes 36 minutes by tram and is overcrowded.[9] The proposal also suggests the possibility of linking the Caulfield group of lines to this tunnel.

Western suburbs[edit]

Werribee line[edit]

  • Sir Rod Eddington's Investing in Transport—East West Needs Assessment report also recommends a rail line from West Werribee to Sunshine (the non-electrified Tarneit link). The recommendation was accepted in the government's Transport Plan and is currently costed at $4.3 billion.[3] The Tarneit link will provide an alternative rail corridor for Werribee line passengers with up to 6 proposed new Stations at Black Forest, Wyndham Vale, Sayers, Chartwell, Tarneit & Truganina. Preliminary construction work commenced August 2009.

Melton line[edit]

  • Electrifying part or all of the Melton greater metropolitan line, creating new train stations at Deer Park West and Caroline Springs, as well as a potential new station at Toolern, south east of Melton Township. This electrification was confirmed to be done in the Victorian Governments 2008 transport plan[citation needed]. A design for Caroline Springs was released publicly 4 June 2010.[11]

Sydenham Line[edit]

  • Extension of the Sydenham line electrification to Sunbury station. Proposed as far back as 1969,[12] during October 2007 it was announced that design work on the project would commence,[13] the project also being recommended in Sir Rod Eddington's East West Link Needs Assessment report released in 2008.[14] The December 2008 Transport Plan mentioned that electrification was to begin within the next two years.[3] On 26 June 2010 The Ministry of Transport announced that work had begun on this project, with an anticipated completion date in 2012.[15] The line was rechristened as the Sunbury Line when the extension to Sunbury was opened on 18 November 2012.

Northern suburbs[edit]

Melbourne Airport line[edit]

A rail link to the Melbourne Airport, branching off either the Albion–Jacana freight line or the Rail Tunnel at Sunshine under construction from Sunshine to Southern Cross (for the regional rail link).[16]

  • According to the Victorian Government's Plan Melbourne strategy for urban development, released in October 2013, a Melbourne Airport rail link is listed as a "long term" project, with construction estimated to begin between 2025-2050.[17] On 26 February 2013, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine announced a commitment to complete an airport rail link by 2020, as part of the wider Metro Rail Tunnel project. The government's preferred link would connect to both the Craigieburn and Sunbury lines.[18] On 13 April 2014, Premier Napthine promised the rail link would be built as a new spur line from Albion, with details to be outlined in the State Government's May 2014 budget.[19][20]

Albion–Jacana line[edit]

Craigieburn line[edit]

A proposal made by Metro Trains CEO Andrew Lezala has been for an extension of the Craigieburn line to Wallan.[22]

Upfield line[edit]

  • The North-South Tunnel—a conversion of the Upfield line to an underground metro line from Melbourne Central underneath Royal Parade–Sydney Road—included in Victorian Greens, The People Plan.[4]

North-eastern suburbs[edit]

Diagram showing Melbourne's rail network, including former and planned lines

Doncaster line[edit]

Plans for the Doncaster line first appeared in the 1890s, when the Government was considering a line from Heidelberg Station. Plans again re-emerged in 1969, when The Age announced that the Victorian Railways had started detailed planning for the line, which would branch off the Hurstbridge/Epping lines at Victoria Park and run down the Eastern Freeway median strip,[25] then to Bulleen Road, Bulleen, where it would travel between houses and proposed tunnels to Doncaster East.[1]

By 1982 plans to build the line had been shelved by the state government, and by 1984 land for the line once it left the freeway had been sold.[25] More recent proposals have suggested the line would run in a tunnel from Bulleen Road to a station at Doncaster Hill (Shoppingtown), or branch from the proposed Jewell-Windsor line at Parkville station. In this case, an additional station would be built at Carlton before the line reaches the Eastern Freeway.

During the 2006 state election, the Victorian Liberal Party promised to extend the number 48 tram to Doncaster Hill, claiming that constructing the heavy rail line would cost around $1 billion and was deemed too expensive an option.[26]

In 2008, the Victorian Greens released The People Plan, a reflection of their official policies, which includes the Doncaster line as well as the extension of the number 48 tram. As of 2009, every transport advocacy group and the local councils affected, fully support the construction of the line in conjunction with the aim of promoting future transit-oriented development.

On Thursday 14 March 2013 the Minister for Public Transport released the Doncaster Rail Study Phase One Draft Recommendations Report. The study estimates daily patronage of up to 56,000 people.[27]

South Morang line[edit]

  • Proposals to extend rail services to Mernda.[4]
  • A second South Morang railway line extension being considered is to the developing Aurora Estate. It may branch off at Lalor, and pass Epping Plaza and Epping North.[28] The State Government's "Secure Reservations for Major Transport Corridors Project" has resulted in the alignment for this link being protected.[29]

Hurstbridge line[edit]

  • An extension of the Hurstbridge line to East Reservoir, was proposed in the 1950s as a means of opening up the area east of High Street towards Darebin Creek for residential development. The proposed route was a branch line from Alphington station to East Reservoir. The proposed line consisted of five stations and several bridges which meant that the line would not interfere with any road traffic (Route Map). The proposed cost was approximately £250,000.[citation needed]
  • An additional station at Eltham North on Allendale Road in between Eltham and Diamond Creek was considered by the Transport Department. This station was intended to serve the population of Eltham North and St Helena and therefore help decrease the number of passengers using Eltham and Diamond Creek stations. However, as there are more important issues on Melbourne's train network, the proposal was scrapped and is now unknown whenever or not the Allendale Road station will ever be constructed.[30]

Eastern suburbs[edit]

Lilydale line[edit]

Rowville[edit]

  • A new line to Rowville—the "Rowville Rail Link"—would be a new line from Huntingdale station eastwards along North Rd and Wellington Rd to Monash University, Waverley Park and on to Rowville.[33] The Greens proposed that Stud Park shopping centre be the terminus for the line.[4] The proposal is supported by Monash University[34] and activist group the Coalition for People's Transport[35]
  • A second option to serve the Rowville area is an extension of the Glen Waverley Line to Rowville via Wantirna South.[33]

The 2012 Rowville Rail Study line suggested:[36]

  • Minimum line speed of 80 km/h
  • Stations should allow 230m long platforms to accommodate 9-car trains
  • No new level crossings
  • A Maximum gradient of 2%

Proposals for a Rowville line have been investigated by the Baillieu-Napthine Victorian Governments through the Rowville Rail Feasibility Study, with preparations for the confirmation of an alignment currently underway.[37]

Alamein line[edit]

South-eastern suburbs[edit]

Frankston line[edit]

  • Beaumaris railway line, a 1960s proposal, which consisted of a branch line from Moorabbin to Beaumaris. There were 4 stations proposed, including stations at Bay Road and Cheltenham Road.[39] The proposal was rejected by government despite a petition from over 3,000 local residents.

Pakenham line[edit]

  • Re-opening the General Motors Station, which was closed in July 2002. Both platforms and the footbridge above the station remain but will require repairs and resurfacing, while the building and other fixtures will have to demolished and new facilities will need to be built. Possible new names for the station include Dandenong South, Doveton or Eumemmerring.

Cranbourne line[edit]

  • Proposals have been made for an extension to Clyde, with a station at Cranbourne East, corresponding to new urban growth in the area. According to a Public Transport Victoria report released in April 2013, project commencement was estimated to be at least two decades away.[43]

Stony Point Frankston line[edit]

Adding more stations in the Stony Point Frankston line From

Southern suburbs[edit]

St. Kilda Line[edit]

Map of Proposed Sea Beach Railway and Melbourne Extension Railway

Although the St Kilda Line has been converted to Light Rail operation and is now part of Melbourne's Tram network, several proposals for rail extensions existed throughout its working life.

Port Melbourne Line[edit]

Although the Port Melbourne Line has been converted to Light Rail operation and is now part of Melbourne's Tram network, several proposals for rail extensions existed throughout its working life.

References[edit]

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