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Melbourne South-West Rail Link

There is more support for an underground railway line in Melbourne, with public transport operators Metlink and Connex throwing their weight behind such a proposal. (Though, in the latter case, I wonder whether this isn't merely to serve as a distraction from the appalling state of the system as managed by them:)
The call comes after a drop in the number of cars travelling to the CBD. City of Melbourne figures show public transport is the preferred means of travel, accounting for 67 per cent of all journeys in 2006, compared with 36 per cent in 1999.
Professor Currie said he was amazed the Government was still examining new road tunnels to the city. "Public transport dominates access to the city and the biggest single problem we've got is that there's not enough capacity on our railways," he said.
The proposed link would run from Footscray, through Parkville and under Melbourne University, and under the CBD to South Yarra, and look something like this:
If they took this route, they could have it cross existing lines, with interchanges with the Broadmeadows and Upfield lines and the City Loop.

Though I'm wondering if they didn't miss a trick by not having it go east from Melbourne University, under Fitzroy and Collingwood, interchanging with the Epping and Hurstbridge lines at Victoria Park, and emerging on the median of the Eastern Freeway, where it becomes the long-promised Doncaster line (immediately taking more cars off the road):

There are 2 comments on "Melbourne South-West Rail Link":

Posted by: datakid Thu Aug 16 06:10:22 2007

It's bullsit. Great, but bullshit. Like you note, there are better, more needed, more sensible routes. But it's all about the money... I think that if the govt paid for it (waiting patiently for our favourite economic commie, kenneth davidson from The Age to explain how) then we could do something sensible.

It reminds me of the ADSL2 thing - everyone loves it, everyone want's a bit of that action. Yet no private enterprise will wire up the outback - cos they cannot show instantaneous profits, or valuable govt subsidies to minimise risk in the long term.

I hate the government only marginaly less than big business when they are so transparent.

Posted by: steve Fri Aug 17 00:11:34 2007

After living in Europe for six months the public transport system in Melbourne seems like a bad joke. Something needs to be done about the current mess and whether it's building underground rail networks or whatever the preferred option might be, the current lack of connections between existing lines, limited capacity and infrequency of services seems bizarre in a city the size of Melbourne. If more locals travelled overseas and saw the networks other cities have they'd be even more incredulous about the current system...