Archive for October, 2016

Four week Sunbury shutdown for Furlong Main

At the moment there is a four week disruption to the Sunbury line in order to place the tracks underground at Main Road and Furlong Road, and open new railway stations at St Albans and Ginifer. I’m curious as to why such a length of time is required to complete this set of works, when other projects in Melbourne suggest it could have been achieved with less disruption.

X'Trapolis 64M passes the yet to be commissioned low level tracks at the up end of Gardiner station

Box Hill’s $754,000 footbridge across the tracks

This is the story of the $56.5 million grade separation project at Middleborough Road in Box Hill and a footbridge that was left out of scope, only be to be built later as part of a $754,000 election promise.

X'Trapolis 921M leads an up service under the Middlesbrough Road bridge at Laburnum

Why is Southern Cross Station at capacity?

In October 2016 Melbourne newspaper The Age revealed that $300 million would soon need to be spent at Southern Cross Station in order to cater for increasing passenger numbers. So why are the works expected to cost so much, and why does a ten year old station already need to be expanded?

Up train departs an incredibly congested platform 10 at Southern Cross

Rebranding the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel

The first sod hasn’t even been turned on the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel, but the project has already been burning through names faster than any other transport project in Victoria.

'Metro Tunnel' logo

Route 59 tram to Airport West does not serve Melbourne Airport

If you are new to Melbourne there is something you need to know – the route 59 tram to Airport West doesn’t actually go to the airport! So why the confusing name?

B2.2030 heads along the reserved track along Mt Alexander Road in Essendon with an outbound route 59 service