I think the amount of money being spent on this could be spent better elsewhere. look at those ramps that stop cars going onto crossing around the world, surely a lot cheaper than this politicians vanity project?Vanity: excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements.
I don't see the issue politician priding these railway works, this is one of the biggest rail project in recent Melbourne history. And no doubt expensive but the benefits a widespread.
Pedestrians, cycling, commuter, driver benefit from new paths and connections, less travel time.
Local business owners and residents benefit by making the area more accessible and revitalised
And potentially developers, investors will be attracted to the area boosting the economy and increasing the density of suburbia.
Also enables busier lines to operate much higher frequencies without delaying road traffic (only applies to Dandenong/Sunbury corridor in current program)
As for could be spent elsewhere, if it were to be spent elsewhere, it would be more likely to be spent on road upgrades and another freeway than another rail project.
Be thankful this is happening, it definitely the right project since nowhere else has 180 level crossings on its metro rail, European cities have it over and underground. It makes our rail network like a light rail system and not a full developed metro system. Whenever all the busier crossings are removed then it become a waste and not worth removing the rest and instead closing them off.