'Dandenong rail line needs two extra tracks to end commuter crawl'

 
  Bethungra Train Controller

The $2.5 billion rebuild of the Dandenong rail line must be expanded to include two extra tracks for express trains, an analysis has found, or rail passengers in Melbourne's south-east will be condemned to ever-slower train trips.

A group of transport experts has warned the Andrews government that Melbourne's busiest railway line will need four tracks in the near future to prevent travel times blowing out to unattractive levels as ballooning patronage creates slower travel times to and from the suburbs.
Dandenong rail line needs two extra tracks to end commuter crawl


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An average speed of 39 hm/h is terrible.  Bring the project forward for 4 tracks.  The business case will now be devoid of SG requirements to the port of hastings as this was a Liebral Party project.  The ALP favour the western side of the bay.

If this project does proceed it will need to be because the hastings Port does not need extra rail capacity.

Has the 3rd or 4th track been costed?

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  reubstar6 Chief Train Controller

I agree. How are they going to achieve Rowville Rail when there is barely enough capacity as it is.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Other lines are slower. Long != slow.

And Rowville is fantasy.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I honestly believe that the best way to reduce travel times is to close stations where feasible so that the space between them is at least 2-3km. Less stops would not only mean less accelerating and decelerating, but also an increased speed over affected sections of line.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Try selling the Idea of closing stations to the locals who use them
(Use them more than they have ever been used)

Opening new stations on an existing line generates political brownie points.

Closing well used stations on an existing line, well no Government would want to go there !
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Closing well used stations on an existing line, well no Government would want to go there !
Nightfire
So you target those with low usage. Those that are not in busy areas, do not serve traffic generators, do not have good connections AND do not have carparks (or have very small ones).
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Well there are none on the Dandenong line that fit that bill.

High density housing Is springing up all around exiting railway stations on the busy main lines and Its development will only intensify as time marchers on.

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