Some very interesting insights there.
Admittedly I did find it strange to hear this for the first time, I'm certain I heard correctly. I'm not so sure now of course, but will try to find out. If true, then someone around would know, of course they could be anywhere.
/One example is the Chandler Hwy exits, it looks like it was originally supposed to be built as a cloverleaf, as there are fenced off stubs on the city-bound ramps./
So that's what that is, I wrote it off to be some kind of park access.
It's been a long-term dream of some local councillors from both Boroondara, Monash & Stonnington to extend the Alamein line to Oakleigh via East Malvern station & Chadstone SC. But owners of Chadstone fought this proposal.
That's not surprising considering they're trying to attract the type that come with petrol as an easy affordability and a boot big enough to leave with whatever people are enticed to buy. Having said that I can imagine Westfield Doncaster being different, not I think they are but each owners have varied preferences. Chadstone is within 2km from two railway lines whereas Doncaster being a transport poor area would benefit from what happens at Box Hill.
Perhaps someone was thinking about the nearby tram terminus. Mind you, it closed seventy three years before the shopping centre opened.
I can see how the idea can arise from this, but having being built by the shopping centre it's unlikely it was confused.
Good grieF this page here is full of CRAP AND MISINFORMATION, the original Doncaster line was to termonate at the corner of KIngs St and Blackburn Rd ... The proposed railway would have passed at the Western end of Kings St then followed the natural contour of the land to where the current Park and Ride facility is at the bottom of High St/ Doncaster Rd and the Eastern Fwy. As for a hidden station under Shoppingtown, I suggest u let u keep dreamin'..............
It isn't a rumour I felt like mentioning or trying to spread, I had actually thought about this with a degree of certainty. Admittedly I hadn't recently researched which way the proposed line was to run. Of course, this has Westfield enticing the option to junction from the proposed alignment which would only have needed a 2km tunnel.
It was an independent study, and surely some mention in the cost/benefit analysis would have said "although tunneling to Doncaster would be prohibitive, the existence of a station building off sets some of this cost"
Well that. Unless it was found out recently then I hazard a guess they don't know for certain.