Posts Tagged ‘forward planning’

Selling off parkland on Buckley Street, Footscray

Parkland has become a hot button topic in the inner Melbourne suburb of Footscray, with 2016 seeing members of the local community lobbying state and local government to allow surplus railway land to be turned over to the public as open space, and not sold for development. But on Buckley Street the government is doing something even more shameful – selling off former parkland as a development site.

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

Cardinia Road’s new level crossing

With a program of 50 level crossing removals planned for Melbourne, with many of them already underway, one would assume that the last thing that the government would be doing is building NEW level crossings. But yet again, a lack of planning is seeing money go down the drain – this time at Cardinia Road on the Pakenham line.

Siemens 791M  and 787M cross Cardinia Road, bound for the city

Esoteric upgrades to the Ballarat railway line

In the 2016/17 Victoria Budget, the State Government has allocated $518 million for upgrade works on the Ballarat line, making the railway system more reliable and marking room for more train services. Track duplication and building additional crossing loops is simple, but some components of the upgrade are a little esoteric.

VLocity 3VL38 departs Ballarat on the down

The forgotten road to Caroline Springs station

Caroline Springs has been waiting a long time for a railway station but it is almost here – construction is well underway and the station due to open sometime in 2016. However the project has not been a simple one, and a lack of forward planning has resulted in a critical piece of infrastructure bring rendered almost useless – the access road!

VLocity VL32 and classmate pass the future Caroline Springs station on an up Ballarat service