Before we get into any debate, the reason I am posting this is because I have been reading about the congestion on the eastern lines, particularly the Dandenong line, mostly caused by Lx delayes and the consequent lack of capacity, as well as on the Frankston lines. I have also been apalled by the state of the track infrastructure when I have been in Melbourne.
Can I urge to you to watch the following video:
https://youtu.be/3SNZUSb2ODI - in its entirety (before you respond - sorry, it is 31 minutes, but after you watch it, you will know what I mean) - and note the following:
The East Hills line was opened in 1931, and was mainly a Rail Motor shuttle.
The line was duplicated,well before it needed to be.
The line was extended to connect with the Southern line at Glenfield, well before it needed to be.
The line was quadruplicated to Kingsgrove, well before it needed to be.
The line was further quadruplicated to Revesby, well before it needed to be.The flat junction at Glenfield was grade-separated well before it needed to be
Most importantly, the SWRL to Leppington was built with bugger all people living out that way. In other worfs, put in the transport infrastructure BEFORE people start living there, that way they don't develop the driving habit which then needs to be corrected. Put the rail service in front of them before they build, and public transport will become the natural choice.
Why am I posting this in this forum?
Looking at all of the complaints about RRL, Tarneit and Wyndham Vale, and these services will be overloaded from day 1, it seems there was no planning done in advance of these areas being developed, from a transport POV.
What am I getting at?
NSW seems to be be better at planning ahead, so that the required transport services are there when they are needed, rather than playing catch up all the time, which seems to be the case in Melbourne.
Also, looking at the state of the infrastructure, I was amazed when I saw weeds growing through the ballast at Richmond (Vic), with wooden sleepers, four months ago. Check out the NSW infrastructure on the above video.
Now, why is this the case?
The NSW gum'mint can keep on injecting funds to cause massive weekend and evening disruption to ensure that the network is maintained,
(Sorry, this a cheap jibe about the constant treckwork which is always underway).
Why can't the Victorian gum'mint do the same?
(Please note, I do urge you to watch - in its entirety - the video link Iposted above, and do note the state of the infrastructure)