Link to image as showing black on Railpage.
There's quite a few lines missing.
Altona, Upfield-Somerton, Gembrook, Red Hill, Williamstown Pier, and arguable RRL, the two goods lines, an airport line, and Rosstown Railway.
We could have lost Sandringham, Williamstown, Altona, Eltham-Hurstbridge and Alamein if the Lonie Report had been implemented.Even Hamer baulked at the extreme agenda of the Lonie Report... this was at time when rail and public transport in general was probably at its lowest ebb and yet even then the Liberals were concerned about restricting future options by not putting enough money into rail.
How lucky Upfield to escape conversion to light rail in the 80's?
Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if they closed the Healesville line in the 60's instead of the Warburton line, or what if it had been built NG - would Puffing Billy be running from Lilydale now?
IN 2009 Ted Baillieu went to the election with a map that was not quite that ambitious - nevertheless Doncaster, Rowville and the Airport Line were all there.
Incidentally, I'm not sure if I like the idea of reinstating the old Outer Circle... not to a heavy rail line anyway, I think light rail would do the trick for that route. But I do like the idea of the Frankston-Ringwood link; we really lack cross-suburban services (compared to Sydney).
The issue with light rail is it is too slow and really only designed for short trips. Ted was an extreme disappointment to most Victorians which I am sure will have their say at the next election. Having said that however, Daniels could have been a lot smarter with the Labour plan which does not do a lot for public transport as such, more for publics safety with level crossing removal."One term Ted" and "one term Tony" seem very.... apt considering how well the people seem to think they are doing.
The issue with light rail is it is too slow and really only designed for short trips. Ted was an extreme disappointment to most Victorians which I am sure will have their say at the next election. Having said that however, Daniels could have been a lot smarter with the Labour plan which does not do a lot for public transport as such, more for publics safety with level crossing removal.The advantage with light rail is the frequency of the stops so it's better suited to areas of greater density like middle-ring shorter runs. However for longer runs like Upfield I can't see how it would be an advantage - in fact it would be much less efficient. There's a proposal in Adelaide to convert the Outer Harbour line to mixed light rail and heavy rail operation but I think that's been quietly dumped now.
What's the average speed of heavy rail on the Upfield line though, and how would that compare to the average speed achievable with light rail? I would have thought that the advantage probably only exists for the last few stations on the line, and from Batman in, the stations are too closely spaced to make much of a difference.